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Students watch a movie on religious violence in 16th century Europe and then write a background about a picture they are given on violence. In this religious violence lesson plan, students create the background by making inferences about the picture.
How is religious freedom connected to the conflict between China and Tibet? After reading an online passage of background information, your learners will divide into groups and both read and view an interview with the Dalai Lama. They will then explore the idea of non-violence as a response to the Tibetan conflict and offer their ideas through presentation.  
Learners divide into small groups, each one taking one of the sections of the letter from Secretary Riley, "Legal Guidelines on Religious Expression in Public Schools," the letter from Secretary Paige, and the document "Guidance on Constitutionality Protected Prayer in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools" to read and explain to the other class members.
Students explore religious expression in the United States. In this religious freedom lesson, students read a handout regarding Religious Freedom Day and other handouts regarding religious expression in public schools. Students complete the provided worksheet activities as well.
Young scholars perform a readers theater about Anne Hutchinson and her religious dissent. In this religious dissent lesson plan, students re-enact her trial through the reader's theater.
Students identify First Amendment rights of Freedom of Religion. They identify the colonies which were settled by people escaping religious persecution. They study the beliefs of the five major religions in the US.
Students investigate Islam Awareness Week. In this Muslim traditions lesson, students visit the listed Web sites to research Muslim traditions, religious hate crimes, and British Muslims. 
Students complete worksheets and analyze passages about religious tolerance in Colonial Maryland. For this religious tolerance lesson plan, students discuss Maryland as a colony and answer short answer questions about it.
Students respond to questions about Buddhism and Shinto beliefs. They review two reading selections and consider how religious beliefs are incorporated into Japanese culture.
Here is a bit of art history that deals with artistic expression during an age of religious conflict. Iconography, mannerism, baroque style, and Shakespeare are all covered in this simple presentation. 
Students analyze the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedoms and consider its implications. In this governing principles lesson, students explore primary and secondary sources regarding the document penned by Thomas Jefferson.
Students analyze the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedoms and consider its implications. In this document analysis instructional activity, students explore primary and secondary sources regarding the document and create a semantic map that features connections between past and present.
Students investigate religious freedom in the U.S. They watch and discuss a Bill Moyers NOW video, take a Freedom of Religion quiz, write an essay, and participate in a mock trial and debate.
Students explore the meaning of religious tolerance, first by analyzing quotations about the acceptance of different beliefs and then by researching the history of tolerance within various religions as related to the quotations.
Learners create informative pages for a fictitious desserts cookbook that examine the religious significance and symbolism of holiday sweets from cultures around the world.
Students study about different types of religious art; they then select representative works from different faiths to create their own exhibit. They research a specific religious art tradition and create an exhibit of works of art from this faith.
Students examine the impact of religious beliefs on perspectives about globalization. They watch and discuss a video, identify the role of the International Monetary Fund, read and discuss articles, and write an essay.
Students examine the ways in which various religious faiths have responded to social, ideological, and technological changes in "modern" times. They read "Where Muslim Traditions Meet Modernity" at the New York Times online.
Learners identify major religious leaders and locations. They answer the the question: Who were the religious leaders, where did they live, and what contibutions did they make? Students write their version of the most important statement about world religions and how they shape a person's life.
Middle schoolers look into the development of religious beliefs. In this ancient civilization lesson, students research the founders of several world religions including Akhenaton. Middle schoolers use their findings to create world religion charts and respond to discussion questions.

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