This unit is designed to allow for students to do their own research on the religions, as encouraged by the Common Core.
Students will research each of the world's five major religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and organize their findings on a graphic organizer. Of course, students may also do research on other important religions as well. This unit also encourages students to look at differences within a religion - such as different denominations, different levels of orthodoxy, different styles of practice, etc. This will encourage students to recognize the diversity of practice and beliefs in the world.
The unit includes:
1. Graphic Organizer
Students use graphic organizers to complete research about each religion. Alternatively, students could do a Jigsaw style lesson with the religions - each student researching one religion - or an element within the religion - and teaching each other.
2. Timeline Practice
Students arrange important events from the history of religion on a timeline. Events, a blank timeline and questions about the timeline are included. Timeline is fun and colorful, and designed to be printed on cardstock and laminated.
3. Study Guide
Students answer short answer questions about the religions that have been studied, and cut and sort different aspects of the religion (founder, building, etc.) in order to review for a test.
Two tests are included - they are very similar, but one is modified for students who need less answer options, and modified short answer questions.
*Please note that the materials for research are not included. Rather, the unit is designed to be used with any books, videos or websites of your students' choice. I have included a list of recommended websites.
* Most of the materials included are created in Microsoft Word, and able to be edited. The graphic organizer is PDF format.
I hope you enjoy!