This is an 11 page interactive reading guide on how Judaism began. Each page is full of color and written in a story format, making it easy to read and understand. This story, taken from the book of Genesis and Exodus, is interactive as it requires students to use a custom designed map to trace Abraham’s journey from the land of Ur to the land of Canaan, in present day Israel. Students will meet Isaac and Ishmael, will learn of the captivity of the Israelites in Egypt, and of Moses who rescued them. The story also includes the conflict that developed between the 2 sons, and touches upon the present day conflict between Israel and its surrounding neighbors. It is written to provide a clear, but brief summary on how Judaism began.
The map prompts are easy to find as they are highlighted and underlined. Vocabulary includes: Abraham, Sara, Hagar, Ishmael, Moses, monotheism, polytheism, 10 Commandments, and the Promised Land. Basic beliefs of the Jews are also included. There is a “Show what You Know” assignment at the end of the reading guide requiring students to complete a chart and answer reflection questions.
My standards include teaching students on the similarities and differences between the 3 monotheistic religions of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. I always use this reading guide as a starting point as it provides such a great foundation in how all 3 are connected. They really seem to enjoy the interactive hands on map as well!