This five to six day social studies mini-unit introduces students to the three major Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Students are exposed to the faiths through power point presentations, which highlight basic history, practices, holy texts, and holidays. Some of the power points have short videos embedded to highlight practices/holidays/etc...
Each lesson plan includes: materials needed, teacher moves/student moves, and differentiation considerations. Students can build a "portfolio" as they study the religions by filing out a "What I Learned" document at the end of each lesson. Additionally, students can add to that portfolio by marking on a map (provided) where the majority of the world's adherents are located. The fifth lesson (assessment) can be broken into two days.
Below please find each lesson's overview:
#1 Lesson Overview: In the first lesson of the mini-unit, students will receive a basic introduction to the concept of religion, the aspects of religion, and examples of world religions. Through a power point and picture categorizing activity, students will understand how the various religions are manifest uniquely in the way people live.
#2 Lesson Overview: Introduction to Judaism (beliefs, holy texts, holidays, etc..).
#3 Lesson Overview: Introduction to Christianity (beliefs, holy texts, holidays, etc..).
#4 Lesson Overview: Introduction to Islam (beliefs, holy texts, holidays, etc..).
#5 Lesson Overview: Lesson five can be slit into two day. It provides students an opportunity to visually represent two chosen faiths (in groups). Then, students can individually or in groups write a brief constructed response to show an understanding of the two chosen faiths.
Below please find a detailed description of the contents of the zipped file:
- A document with 5 lesson plans
- 4 accompanying power points (Intro, Judaism, Christianity, Islam)
- Map of the world (which can be used to highlight where in the world each faith is practiced)
- "What I Learned" document (students can fill it out for each faith, building a portfolio)
- Brief Constructed Response prompt (can be used as a final assessment)
- Word document of misc. religious pictures to be used during the first lesson