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Basics of Religion Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What are the basic and fundamental elements of religion? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to summarize key points for students. An activity encourages students to identify the basic components of common religions.

Learning Objectives

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

  • define 'religion'
  • list the basic factors of religions
  • discuss the significance of the supernatural, moral codes, and ritual acts in religion

Length

60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • 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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.7

Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.8

Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author's claims.

Materials

  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson, one for each student
  • Assorted photocopied fact sheets, each listing the fundamental attributes of different common religions

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