World Religions Unit Plan for High School

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

This world religion unit plan includes lesson plans and discussion questions about the basic tenets, sacred texts, as well as leaders and deities, of Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, and Judaism. A comparative religion section is also included.

World Religions Unit Summary

High school students can be overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to grasp the complexities of world religions. Use this unit plan to introduce some of the world's major religions to your students. Resources are included to provide an overview, explore the basic tenets, analyze sacred texts, and study important figures and deities. A plethora of essay topic options provide you with a broad range of ideas for asking students to write thoughtfully about what they've learned. Students will use their analysis skills to compare and contrast religions, as well as identify the differences within religions. Additionally, project ideas are given that can help students apply their learning in creative ways.


Begin the unit by exploring the general concept of religion. Use this Basics of Religion Lesson Plan to build a foundation of understanding for your students. Consider addressing the difference between religion and spirituality before moving forward by incorporating this Spirituality Lesson Plan, as well.

The start of the unit is a great time to create an organizer for students to track their learning. A simple multi-column chart labeled basics, beliefs, texts, and deities can serve as an excellent starting point for keeping all their new knowledge organized.


Providing students with an overview of one or more major religions can serve as a foundation for the remainder of the unit. They must understand the basics before moving into the complexities of each religion. Consider using these lesson plans to explore each of these major world religions:

Basic Tenets

Use these lesson plans to explore, compare, and contrast the basic tenets of Islam, Buddhism, and Catholicism.

Sacred Texts

Another important aspect of world religion that students must understand are the sacred texts used by each religion as the foundation of the faith. Utilize these lesson plans to help students delve into the details about the foundational texts of Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam.

Leaders and Deities

Each world religion has its share of leaders, important figures, and of course, deities. Incorporate these lesson plans to help your students explore the essentials about this part of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity.

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