Brahmanism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Define Brahmanism and teach students about its relationship to Hinduism with this lesson plan. Students will watch a lesson video, construct new knowledge and think critically through an activity, and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'Brahmanism'
  • describe the major beliefs and practices of Brahmanism
  • explain how Brahmanism and Hinduism are related


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Start the lesson by breaking students into small groups and asking them to brainstorm as many religions as they can think of.
  • When finished, ask groups to narrow their list by focusing on religions of India. Which can they eliminate?
  • Now have students call out their lists as you write them on the board.
  • Ask students to share current knowledge of each of these religions briefly, then ask:
    • How do religions evolve?
  • Have students answer this question in their small groups, using their current knowledge of religions as a basis for the conversation, then discuss together as a group.
  • Tell students they will be learning about a belief called Brahmanism that eventually led to Hinduism.

Direct Instruction

  • Start the lesson video Brahmanism: Beliefs & Evolution into Early Hinduism and pause at 1:01.
  • Define 'Brahmanism' together, then discuss:
    • Why is religion in India complex?
  • Instruct small groups to brainstorm questions about Brahmanism, then resume the lesson video.
  • Pause again at 4:37 and give groups time to answer their questions.
    • What did they learn about Brahmanism?
    • What would they still like to know? (Save these questions for the lesson extension activity.)

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