Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education
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
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.
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).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
- Lesson video Brahmanism: Beliefs & Evolution into Early Hinduism
- Brahman stories, found with a simple search, printed; one for each small group
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.
- 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.)
- Distribute copies of Brahman stories to student groups and have them read the stories together, then answer:
- What does this story tell us about Brahmanism and/or Hinduism?
- Ask students to discuss the answer together, agreeing on one or two morals and teachings.
- Now have groups work together to do a short skit of the story.
- As students work, walk around to support and guide in this process, making sure all are contributing and participating.
- When ready, have each group perform their story, then share their ideas about its connection to Brahmanism.
- After the skits allow students to discuss their thoughts.
- Play the remainder of the lesson and take the quiz together.
Extend the Lesson
- Divide the questions students had during the lesson and have students answer for homework. Start class the next day with a question/answer session, then have students write three things they learned about Brahmanism, how they learned it, and what it means to them.
To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account
Register to view this lesson
Unlock Your Education
See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com
Become a Study.com member and start learning now.Become a Member
Already a member? Log InBack