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After this lesson, students will be able to:
- Identify and describe the three paths to salvation
1 - 1.5 hours
- Access to technology and the Internet
- Chart paper and markers
- Bhagavad Gita
- Three paths to salvation
- Karma yoga
- Jnana yoga
- Bhakti yoga
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
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.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
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.
Warm Up and Preparation
- Ask students to think of a time they heard a myth or story to help them understand something better.
- Have them write about the story and experience, then break them into small groups to share.
- Share your own example of how stories or myths have helped you understand something, then ask:
- Why did you have a better understanding with the story or myth?
- What is it about stories that helps you better understand?
- Have you ever told a story to help someone understand?
- Share students' knowledge of texts used for this purpose, such as the bible or Torah.
- Start the video lesson The Bhagavad Gita's Story of Arjuna & Krishna: The Three Paths to Salvation and pause at 2:04.
- What is the Bhagavad Gita?
- What does it mean that the Bhagavad Gita tries to weave all of the Hindu paths to salvation into one?
- How are the terms 'path' and 'practice' used in this lesson?
- Review the beginning of the Bhagavad Gita to ensure students have a good understanding, then number students off one through three. Ask the ones to take notes on Karma yoga, the twos on Jnana yoga, and the threes Bhakti yoga.
- Resume the lesson and pause at 5:08.
- Have students meet with their group and give each chart paper and markers.
- Ask groups to share their notes and make a teaching poster to explain their path. Allow students to supplement with the Internet if desired.
- As students work, walk around to offer guidance and suggestions.
- When finished, have students hang their teaching poster in different spots in the room.
- Now ask students to label a page in their notebooks 'The Three Paths to Salvation' and to make and label a section for each path.
- Under each path, ask students to write:
- What this path means to me
- How I can use this path in my own life
- Now, allow students to visit each teaching poster and read, then use that information to fill out their charts in their notebooks.
- Now regroup students and have them share their answers. Listen in and add comments when desired.
- Play the remainder of the lesson and have students take the quiz to test understanding.
- Ask students to choose which path they feel they most adhere to and identify with - action, knowledge or devotion.
- Now have students write a short paragraph describing how their lives follow this path, using examples, and how they may continue to follow this path in the future. Also ask students to write how this path may help them find liberation.
- When students are finished, arrange students into small heterogeneously mixed groups and have them share their writing.
- Listen in to conversations and comment and guide when necessary.
- Have students make visual representations of their path after observing and studying Hindu art.
- Compare the three paths with other major religions.
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