Hinduism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught history, and has an MA in Islamic law/finance. He has since founded his own financial advice firm, Newton Analytical.

For many students, the ideals of Hinduism can seem a bit foreign. However, you can help increase their understanding of the major tenets of Hinduism by using this lesson plan and other resources from

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the major tenets of Hindu belief
  • compare and contrast core concepts of Hindu thought to Western ideas


40 minutes plus 30 minutes for the activity

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

Key Terms

  • Brahma
  • Vishnu
  • Shiva
  • Dharma
  • Atman
  • Karma
  • Moksha


Without asking students who is right and who is wrong, get them to talk about the idea of religion. What are some common aspects of religion? What characteristics do religions have that are different?


  • First, begin by reading the lesson What is Hinduism? Definition and History. As your class reads it, discuss the following points:
    • How is Hinduism different from other religious traditions? How is it similar?
    • What works compare to the Shastras in other religions?
  • Watch the lesson The Hindu Belief System: Dharma, Karma, and Moksha, stopping for discussion at the following points:
    • 1:32 - How are the concepts of a soul and atman similar? How are they different?
    • 4:21 - Dharma is a difficult concept to comprehend. Ask students if they can think of analogies that demonstrate understanding. Ask them how being mindful of karma affects dharma.
    • 5:18 - Drawing on the video's comparison of a Christian Heaven and Moksha, compare the two. How are they different? How are they similar?

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