Ch 1: World Religions & Cultures Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

This chapter provides you with effective world religions and cultures lesson plans. We'll guide you through methods to incorporate these topics into your classroom.

World Religions & Cultures Lesson Plans -- Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our professional instructors will show you effective strategies for teaching world religions and cultures. We'll present lesson plans you can use in the classroom to help your students understand various types of religions and how culture and religion affect one another within specific populations.

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  • The basic belief system of Hinduism
  • Greek mythology
  • Native American symbols, folktales and myths
  • Key points to compare creation myths from different cultures
  • Many more topics on different religions and cultures

Use our lessons and lesson plans to help your students enjoy learning about belief systems and how they influence culture, society and other elements of a people.

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  • Cultural awareness: Examines a variety of worldviews and beliefs to expand your students' cultural awareness
  • Vocabulary words : Emphasizes specific religious and cultural terms students should understand
  • Student participation: Aids in constructing lesson plans that will facilitate group discussion on world religions and cultures
  • Additional resources: Provides lessons on different religious beliefs and cultural topics that you can use to reinforce classroom learning

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning world culture and religion lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific world religions or cultural topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your religion and culture class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related world religions and cultures lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important world religions and cultures concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant world religions and cultures-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

33 Lessons in Chapter 1: World Religions & Cultures Lesson Plans
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Basics of Religion Lesson Plan

1. Basics of Religion Lesson Plan

What are the basic and fundamental elements of religion? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to summarize key points for students. An activity encourages students to identify the basic components of common religions.

Cultural Competence Activities for Teachers

2. Cultural Competence Activities for Teachers

Becoming a culturally competent educator is important, but it is not a simple task. This lesson provides some ideas for activities you can do alone or with colleagues to increase cultural competence.

Traditional Clothing Around the World Lesson Plan

3. Traditional Clothing Around the World Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about traditional clothing around the world through interactive games and writing assignments. Class discussion and maps will be used to deepen student understanding of the topic.

Traditional Clothing Around the World

4. Traditional Clothing Around the World

Over 7.5 billion people inhabit the world, and with that type of number comes handfuls of different clothing styles. From the flannel shirt in the USA to the Sari in India, the traditional clothing around the world is diverse. This lesson touches on traditional garb from many cultures.

Traditional Clothing Around the World Lesson for Kids

5. Traditional Clothing Around the World Lesson for Kids

This lesson is going to go over a wide range of examples of traditional clothing worn by various groups of people from around the world. From North America to Europe and beyond!

Rites of Passage Lesson Plan

6. Rites of Passage Lesson Plan

What are rites of passage and what do they represent in the life of an individual? This lesson plan begins with a video lesson that lays out key facts and closes with a journaling activity.

Iran History Lesson Plan

7. Iran History Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses numerous mini activities, an activity, and extension to ensure your students come away with a good foundational understanding of Iranian history.

The Latin Language: Origin, History & Influence

8. The Latin Language: Origin, History & Influence

Latin isn't really spoken anymore, but it's still an incredibly important language. In this lesson we'll explore the history and development of this ancient language, and see how it impacted European history.

Aboriginal Culture Lesson Plan

9. Aboriginal Culture Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the Aboriginal culture. Students will read a text lesson detailing the early cultures found in Australia and discuss their lifestyle. Apply learning with hands-on experiences and test informally with a quiz.

South African Culture Lesson Plan

10. South African Culture Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about the history and culture of South Africa. A text lesson guides students through South Africa's history and people, supported by questions and activities to make concepts stick. Finish with a quiz to check understanding.

Hagia Sophia Lesson Plan

11. Hagia Sophia Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the Hagia Sophia. Students will read a text lesson describing the history of the church and its architecture, discuss and interact with content, and take a quiz.

Animism Lesson Plan

12. Animism Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about animism and shamanism. They will research animist cultures and will be asked to consider the role and controversy of anthropologists in defining animism.

Monotheism Lesson Plan

13. Monotheism Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will explore the concept of monotheistic religion and learn more about some of the monotheistic religions of world history.

Cultural Mapping Games

14. Cultural Mapping Games

Learning about diversity and culture can be a great benefit for students. This lesson outlines games teachers can use to teach students about cultural mapping.

Canadian Symbols Lesson Plan

15. Canadian Symbols Lesson Plan

Students often like learning about different countries. Your students will enjoy their learning experience as they read and discuss a text lesson about Canadian symbols, create a new Canadian symbol and take a quiz.

What are the Canadian Symbols? - Representation & Significance

16. What are the Canadian Symbols? - Representation & Significance

Canada, like all nations, recognizes a few important symbols to represent itself. In this lesson, we'll check out some of those symbols and see what they mean to Canadians today.

Amish Lesson Plan

17. Amish Lesson Plan

What are the fundamental principles that guide Amish communities? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline key facts about the Amish. An activity challenges students to compare their daily activities with those of the Amish.

Italian Culture Lesson Plan

18. Italian Culture Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students learn about Italian history and culture. Students will read a text lesson, experience various aspects of Italian culture, and take a quiz.

Italian Culture: History, Values & Lifestyle

19. Italian Culture: History, Values & Lifestyle

In this lesson, we're going to explore a rich and complex culture of Europe: The Italians! We'll learn about their history, their lifestyle and some other important aspects, such as cuisine and family.

Comparative Mythology Essay Topics

20. Comparative Mythology Essay Topics

If your class is studying world religions and cultures, then examining comparative mythology is an important area of study. Use these essay topics to help students learn and write about comparative mythology.

Creation Myth Essay Topics

21. Creation Myth Essay Topics

Learning about different kinds of creation myths is an important way for students to gain insight into cross-cultural similarities and differences. The essay topics in this lesson will help your students write about creation myths.

Culture Lesson Plan for Elementary School

22. Culture Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What is culture? This lesson will help your students answer that question. In this lesson, your students will learn about culture and create their own culture profiles of their own choosing.

Spirituality Lesson Plan

23. Spirituality Lesson Plan

What is spirituality and how is it different from religion? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to summarize the concept. An activity explores some tools used in the New Age Movement.

American Culture Lesson Plan

24. American Culture Lesson Plan

What are the hallmarks of American culture? This lesson plan explains the key elements of American culture using a simple text lesson before an activity connects students with examples of cultural symbols.

Monotheistic Religions Lesson Plan

25. Monotheistic Religions Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about monotheistic religions. After a collaborative discussion while reading an informational text, students will show what they have learned by writing and performing a religious-leader-panel interview.

Brahmanism Lesson Plan

26. Brahmanism Lesson Plan

Define Brahmanism and teach students about its relationship to Hinduism with this lesson plan. Students will watch a lesson video, construct new knowledge and think critically through an activity, and take a quiz.

Sunni & Shiite Lesson Plan

27. Sunni & Shiite Lesson Plan

This lesson contextualizes the conflicts in the Middle East, teaches students about the religious divide between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, and addresses the geographical divide in the Middle East.

The Crusades & the Muslim World Lesson Plan

28. The Crusades & the Muslim World Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students describe the Muslim response to the Crusades. Students will watch a video lesson, participate in role-playing activity, and prove their knowledge with a short quiz.

The Council of Trent Lesson Plan

29. The Council of Trent Lesson Plan

This lesson plan can be used to teach students about the Council of Trent. A video lesson is used to teach key facts of events leading up to and after the meeting. Then, students will discuss and explore content critically in an activity.

Folk Tales Lesson Plan

30. Folk Tales Lesson Plan

What are folk tales and why are they important? In this lesson plan, students learn about different types of fables and mimic the fable format to create a fable of their own.

Diwali Lesson Plan

31. Diwali Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help teachers provide information for students about the Diwali holiday. Students will read a text lesson about the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi and engage in traditional Diwali activities.

St. Patrick's Day Project Ideas

32. St. Patrick's Day Project Ideas

St. Patrick's Day is a fun March holiday that students of all ages like to celebrate. The projects below have been developed to help deepen students' understanding of the holiday, its history, and its significance.

German Culture Project Ideas

33. German Culture Project Ideas

This asset offers summative projects on German culture. The projects are designed to be completed after your unit on German culture and can be assigned as group or individual work.

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