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Ch 2: Major Belief Systems: AP World History Lesson Plans

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The Major Belief Systems chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the major faiths of the world in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Major Belief Systems chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayReligious Concepts, Definitions and ViewsKey terms used to discuss religion, agnosticism, atheism and theism
TuesdayMonotheism Christianity, Islam and Judaism
WednesdayEarly Christians and Their ChurchChristian roots in Judaism and Neoplatoism
Thursday Nontheism and Polytheism Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism and legalism
FridayReligion and Social Change Weber's explanation for the relationship between Protestantism and social change and the theory behind liberation theology

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Major Belief Systems: AP World History Lesson Plans
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Religion: Key Concepts and Definitions

1. Religion: Key Concepts and Definitions

Sociologists strive to study every aspect of religion in an objective way. In this lesson, we define religion and identify key concepts that are found in religion. We also discuss the difference between churches, sects, and cults.

Religion and Social Change in Protestantism and Liberation Theology

2. Religion and Social Change in Protestantism and Liberation Theology

Religion can, at times, be a powerful agent for social change. In this lesson, we discuss two examples of the dichotomy between religion and the secular world, including Max Weber's book, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, as well as the concept of liberation theology.

Religious Views: Atheism, Agnosticism & Theism

3. Religious Views: Atheism, Agnosticism & Theism

Sociology of religion is a large branch of sociology. The different views on deities are studied as part of this topic. In this lesson, we compare and contrast the views of theism, atheism, and agnosticism.

Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity

4. Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity

In this lesson, we define monotheism and identify three significant monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We also discuss the ideology of each of these three religions.

The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

5. The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

This lesson will explore the early Christian Church and its close connection to Judaism. It will highlight the similarities of these two faiths in reference to the Holy Scriptures while also exploring their disagreement over the person of Jesus Christ.

Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

6. Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

Not all religions focus on the belief (or disbelief) in a particular deity. In this lesson, we define nontheism and discuss the ideologies of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

Taoism & Legalism in the Chinese Zhou Dynasty

7. Taoism & Legalism in the Chinese Zhou Dynasty

While Confucianism remained the most dominant philosophy to emerge from China during the Zhou period, two other philosophies, Taoism and Legalism, offered different approaches to how to best live in the world.

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