Hinduism: Overview with Primary Source Analysis Competition

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Hinduism Overview with Primary Source Analysis

This lesson, developed by Shawneen Morrison, provides a quick and effective overview of the major concepts of Hinduism. The product includes a four-page, colorful overview handout on Hinduism that presents overarching concepts but also clearly depicts the tremendous diversity of Hindu beliefs and practices. Then students are asked to use their knowledge of Hindu concepts to analyze a story from the Ramayana. Next, students work in pairs to explain three quotes from a revered Indian Guru. Finally, students compete in groups to identify the moral of a famous Hindu teaching fable. Links to an authentic printable game board (11x17) and instructions for the Hindu game Gyan Chaupar (Game of Knowledge also known as Chutes and Ladders in the West) are included as an extension activity. This game board is a superior teaching resource to many simplified boards because it incorporates Hindu concepts like states of consciousness and planes of existence. This lesson is fully editable so instructors can add or delete information to tailor the lesson for their classes.

INCLUDED IN THIS FULLY EDITABLE LESSON:

• Complete Lesson Instructions
• Additional Instructor Background Notes/Discussion Guide that
answers common student questions about Hinduism
• Student Handout – Hinduism: Truth is One, Paths are Many
• Student Worksheet – Story from the Ramayana
• Student Worksheet – Quotes from Guru Ramakrishna
• Student Worksheet – A Hindu Teaching Fable
• All Answer Keys
• Links for the game Gyan Chaupar as an Extension Activity
• Common Core Alignment

FOR OTHER LESSONS ON INDIA, ASIAN RELIGIONS, AND RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE, PLEASE CONSIDER:

INDIA CUSTOMS AND CULTURE: HOW TO WEAR A SARI COMPETITION
CHINESE CULTURE: TAOISM, CONFUCIANISM, BUDDHISM AND THE CREATION OF THE WORLD
CULTURE, DIVERSITY, EQUALITY, PREJUDICE, AND TOLERANCE
FOLKWAYS, MORES, LAWS, AND TABOOS: A GAME OF CULTURES AND CUSTOMS
INDIA-PARDY
LAWS OF MANU - HINDUISM IN ANCIENT INDIA

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Teaching Duration
90 Minutes

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