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Are you looking for a resource that will teach or review the Major World Religions while also practicing the skill of chronological thinking? This is the perfect activity to introduce the history of religion or to set up the study of world history through the changes in major religions and belief systems.
Students will be provided research sheets and event cards for further research. They should become experts on their assigned event to create timeline markers for a classroom timeline on the History of World Religions. The activity works best in small groups for collaboration, but can also be assigned as an individual task or for students with long term absences. Once students have posted their timeline markers, the entire class can walk the timeline to collect information on all events. Wrap up the activity with the provided wrap-up questions.
Sixteen events are included along with a blank template for additional options, but the student timeline only includes 10 spaces. Print the student timeline 2 sided for 20 events or pick and choose from the events most relevant for your classroom.
Cause and effect
Change over time
Covers: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Early Civilization religions, Reformation, modern beliefs and spirituality, and more.
Addresses core content standards for teaching world religions in a Social Studies course.
Teacher directions for set up and implementation
16 Timeline Event Cards
16 Timeline Event Cards with dates
Student handouts for event research
Timeline templates for posting events with annotations and dates
Timeline template for classroom wall or board
Student timeline handout for collecting information from other groups
Activity Wrap-up question handout
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This lesson would work well in a World History course or in any other where the religions are studied or compared.
The answer key is in the form of event cards with the dates provided. Student annotations will vary based on collection site, student writing style, and teacher expectations.
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