Torah Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, students will learn about the Torah and its influence on Jewish culture and history. After examining an informational text, students will compare and contrast the Torah to another religious book.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe elements of the Torah and its part in Jewish culture.
  • Cite evidence from an informational text about the Torah to support responses in a collaborative discussion.
  • Compare the Torah to another religious book.

Length

45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1

Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.5

Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Vocabulary

  • The Torah
  • Synagogue
  • Star of David
  • Rabbi
  • Judaism

Materials

  • Copies of The Torah: Definition, Laws and Teaching, one per student
  • Copies of the quiz, one per student
  • Blank Venn diagrams, one per student
  • Photographs of:
    • The Torah
    • A synagogue
    • Star of David
    • A rabbi
  • Blank paper
  • Crayons

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