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Social Studies - 6th Grade
Standard 1 Objective 2
5 class periods of 60 minutes each
Thinking & Reasoning
This lesson will introduce students to the five major religions in the world and their basic tenets.
Essential Question: How does religion play a central role in lives of people throughout the world?
Buddhism orginated in Nepal; Hiduism orginated in India; Christianity, Judaism, and Islam orginated in the Middle East and claim Abraham as a forefather. They are all similar in their belief in a power that has created and directed humankind throughout the ages. They are different through their impact on culture and customs as practiced globally and in ancient times. Universal questions such as Why am I here? Where do we go when we die? are answered by the practice of these religions.
Students need an understanding of the concept of religion and how it shapes our everyday lives and interactions with other people and cultures.
Students will be able to identify the five major world religions and their key tenets.
What is something or who is someone that you look to for guidance or help? Explain why.
What are the key tenets of the major world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism)?
How does religion play a central role in lives of people throughout the world?
Students respond in one paragraph. They may use any notes if they wish.
Teacher will meet with small groups of students to help them with their matrices and research queries.
Teacher can create rubrics with or without students to grade matrices, comparison graphic organizer, and PowerPoint presentations.