Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.
After this lesson, student will be able to:
- Define 'monotheism'
- Compare and contrast monotheistic religions
- Analyze an informational text about monotheistic religions through collaborative discussion
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.
- 45-60 minutes
- Copies of the lesson, Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity, for each student
- Copies of the lesson quiz for each student
- Blank writing paper
- Sticky notes
- Distribute sticky notes to students. Begin the lesson by posing the question: 'What does religion mean to you?' Have students record their thoughts on the sticky note and stick it on the board.
- Review responses. Discuss the importance of religious tolerance and appreciating religious diversity.
- Explain that today's lesson will focus on monotheistic religions. Review the lesson objectives.
- Distribute the lesson, Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity, to students.
- Students will read the 'Monotheism' section independently. Play the video for reinforcement. Pause at 0:56. Ask:
- What is monotheism?
- What religions are not monotheistic?
- Students will read the 'Judaism' section independently. Play the video for reinforcement. Pause at 2:52. Ask:
- What is the covenant?
- How do the Ten Commandments impact the life of someone who practices Judaism?
- How do the three 'movements' differ?
- Students will read the 'Christianity' section independently. Play the video for reinforcement. Pause at 5:01. Ask:
- What makes up the Holy Trinity?
- How are Christianity and Judaism different? How are they the same?
- What are the different forms of Christianity?
- Students will read the remainder of the text independently. Play the remainder of the video for reinforcement. Ask:
- How is Judaism different from the other two religions in the text? How is it the same?
- What are the five pillars of Islam?
- Distribute the quiz.
- Students will take the quiz independently. Review answers as a class.
- Divide students into groups of four.
- Distribute blank writing paper to students.
- They are going to write and act out a religious panel interview. Each student will play one of the following roles:
- The Pope (Christian leader)
- A rabbi (Jewish leader)
- An imam (Islam leader)
- Their script must include at least 5 questions that the panel of religious leaders will respond to. They must cite evidence from the text in their responses.
- Students will perform their interviews for the class.
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