Ch 3: Major Belief Systems World History Lesson Plans

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The Major Belief Systems chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach lessons on common religious belief systems in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. We also include a number of pre-prepared lesson plans on religious beliefs and practices. 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
Monday Key concepts and definitions in religion
Religion and social change in Protestantism and liberation theology
Definitions of profane, sacred, totem, church, cult, sect;
Weber's theory of how Protestantism factors into social change, overview of the theory of liberation theology
Tuesday Atheism, agnosticism and theismDefinition of theism, agnosticism and atheism
WednesdayMonotheismDefinition of monotheism, basic beliefs in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
ThursdayNontheistic religionsDefinition of polytheism, basic beliefs of Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism
FridayTaoism and legalism in the Zhou DynastyHow Daoism and legalism impacted China during the Zhou Dynasty

10 Lessons in Chapter 3: Major Belief Systems 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.

Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

5. 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

6. 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.

History of Halloween: Facts & Traditions

7. History of Halloween: Facts & Traditions

When and where did Halloween begin? What Halloween traditions exist around the world? This lesson answers these questions as it explains the history of Halloween and how it is celebrated.

What Are the Beatitudes? - Definition & Meaning

8. What Are the Beatitudes? - Definition & Meaning

There are eight Beatitudes found within the Christian Bible. In this lesson, we'll explain what the Beatitudes are and explain their significance to the Christian religion.

Buddhism: The Middle Way to Enlightenment

9. Buddhism: The Middle Way to Enlightenment

This lesson will explore the term 'Middle Way' as an alternate name for Buddhism. In doing so, it will highlight Siddhartha Gautama as the founder of Buddhism, while also detailing his belief in the Eightfold Path.

Why Study the Bible?

10. Why Study the Bible?

This lesson will provide you reasons for why you should study the Bible from a literary standpoint. When you are finished with this lesson, you will understand how the Bible can be a great literary resource.

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