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Animism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about animism and shamanism. They will research animist cultures and will be asked to consider the role and controversy of anthropologists in defining animism.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Define animism and shamanism
  • Describe common traits of animist cultures and systems of belief
  • Debate the role of anthropologists in defining and classifying animism

Length

45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.7

Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

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