This is everything you need for your students to either take complete class notes on world religions or complete their own research. It includes a group project that could be completed either with a posterboard or a technological project and the group organization is flexible.
I spent about a week teaching the religions and a second week on the project.
Table of Contents
1. Title Page
2. Teacher Instructions
3. World Religions Map
4 - 6. World Religions Research/Note-taking Organizers
7. World Religions Review - worksheet, notes quiz, or quiz
8. Posterboard Project - Student Info
9. Technology Project - Student Info
10. Student Preference Sheet
11. Student Handout: Posterboard example
12. Sample Deadlines Schedule
13. - 15. Teacher Group Planning Grids
16. Student Research Handout
17. Suggested Resources
18. Venn Diagram - Two Circles
19. Venn Diagram - Three Circles
20. Student Participation - Evaluation
From the teacher information included in the .pdf file:
How I Used This Project:
Initially we completed a map activity and watched short videos from United Streaming on each religion to complete the charts. We discussed these as a whole group. They completed the worksheets as homework for a grade. I envision that you could use these in that manner or form student “expert” groups to research a single religion and have them report back to their project groups.
Going forward, I wanted a simple group project to tie it all together. I chose to complete a poster board project where each group had a theme (prayer, belief, etc.) and the individual group members had a religion. As much as possible, I honored their choices when I created the groups. This could easily be done as a technology project, but in my already technology heavy classroom, I wanted the students to interact with each other face to face when they put it together. They completed their individual work in a word processing program, printed it out and brought it to class to assemble.
I also wanted to have them pull it all together so within their groups, after the project was complete, they gave a short oral presentation of their work and paired off in their groups to create a Venn Diagram to compare/contrast their findings. I also included the deadlines schedule that we used in my class; you will want to adapt to meet your own needs.
I understand it’s not a true “Jigsaw” project the way I have done it, but it easily could be adapted that way. Information on a Jigsaw cooperative learning can be found at the link below. I also incorporated some ideas from the post “Taking the Struggle Out of Group Work.” I liked the ideas of using the phrasing “team” and to provide participation points and allow each student to “award” those points as contributions warrant. The post is quick, easy read and worth considering. Relevant links are included.