ESL Religion Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

Activities in this lesson plan will involve your English Language Learners in discussions about religion and places of worship. Students will learn vocabulary related to religious places, people, and things, as well as common religions.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will:

  • Identify and understand religious-related vocabulary.
  • Use vocabulary correctly in conversations about religion.
  • Ask and answer questions about religion.


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

ELP 9-12.7

ELLS will adapt language choices to purpose, task, and audience when speaking and writing.

ELP 9-12.8

ELLs will determine the meaning of words and phrases in oral presentations and literary and informational text.

ELP 9-12.9

ELLs will create clear and coherent grade-appropriate speech and text.

Materials Needed

  • Religion discussion prompts written on slips of paper
  • Religion vocabulary handout with words on one side and images on the other


  • Religions and Beliefs
    • Animist
    • Atheist
    • Buddhist
    • Catholic
    • Christian
    • Cult
    • Hindu
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Mormon (Latter-Day Saints)
    • Orthodox
    • Paganism
    • Rastafari
    • Shinto
    • Taosim
  • Religious People, Places and Objects
    • Bible
    • Book of Mormon
    • Buddha
    • Cathedral
    • Chapel
    • Church
    • Crucifix
    • Icon
    • Imam
    • Jesuit
    • Koran
    • Monk
    • Mosque
    • Muslim
    • Nun
    • Priest
    • Temple


  • Give the students a vocabulary handout that includes all the words listed in the plan. Duplicate the handouts so that there is a word on one side and a corresponding image on the other side. Students should cut out the words to use them for the lesson activities. Include one blank word card on the handout.
  • Ask the students whether they follow a particular religion. If they do, have them find the word that goes with their religion. Use the blank vocabulary card to write down any religion that is practiced by one of the students but is not already included in the vocabulary handout.
  • Discuss the word meanings.
  • Say a word and ask the students to hold up the picture that corresponds with that word.
  • Show a word and have the students hold up the picture that corresponds with that word.
  • Finally, show a picture, and have the students hold up the word that corresponds with that picture.

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