Bhagavad Gita Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the sacred Hindu text of the Bhagavad Gita. Students will watch a video lesson that defines the Bhagavad Gita and the Hindu Three Paths to Salvation. They will then engage in a hands-on activity and a short writing assignment that actively applies the lesson concepts.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the three paths to salvation

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Materials

  • Access to technology and the Internet
  • Chart paper and markers

Key Vocabulary

  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Three paths to salvation
  • Karma yoga
  • Jnana yoga
  • Bhakti yoga

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

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.

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.

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