Overall Unit Question: How have world religions shaped
who I am today?
Lesson 5 Includes:
- Lesson Question
- Learning Standards Addressed
- Performance Objective Addressed
- Resources Listed
- Learning tasks
- Assessment tasks
- Rubrics for assessment
- Reflection guide
Lesson Question: What are the major belief systems and
how do these compare to my beliefs?
Learning Standards Addressed:
Standard 2 - World History of Learning Standards for Social
- Students can analyze changing and competing interpretations of issues,
events, and developments throughout world history.
- They can analyze the roles and contributions of individuals and groups to cultural and religious practices and activities.
- They can understand the development and connectedness of
world religions over time.
Performance Objective Addressed:
Compare and contrast major belief systems
Do a quick brainstorming on the board. Ask students to shout out one idea that comes to them
when you say Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Animism, Judaism, or Christianity.
Write a few descriptive words beside each.
B. Teaching and Learning Tasks:
A "Novice-Expert Groups" activity and questionaire:
1. Give each student a ticket with one of following categories
1 - A 1 - B 1 - C 1 - D
2 - A 2 - B 2 - C 2 - D
3 - A 3 - B 3 - C 3 - D
4 - A 4 - B 4 - C 4 - D
5 - A 5 - B 5 - C 5 - D
6 - A 6 - B 6 - C 6 - D
7 - A 7 - B 7 - C 7 - D
The numbers represent the novice group and the letters represent
what WILL be expert groups.
2. Have all the number 1's get together, all the number 2's,
the number 3's and the number 4's. These novice groups are to
research the questions in the form displayed below.
3. After research is recorded, students will look at their tickets
to see which "Expert Group" to join.
4. All of the A's will get together, the B's, the C's, the D's,
and so on.
5. Then, in the Expert (letter) groups, each student will
teach other members of the same Expert (letter) group what was
learned in the novice group.
Each student is provided a copy of the research-recording sheet
Novice - Expert Group Research for Major Belief Systems
Keep this activity sheet for future reviews
on the topic of Major Belief Systems. You will
be responsible for compiling answers to one
question with your home group and sharing
answers with others in expert groups. As
experts share, please make sure you copy all
their key points under each question in the
Group 1: List four main beliefs of Islam below:
Group 2: List four main beliefs of Hinduism below:
Group 3: List four main beliefs of Buddhism below:
Group 4: List four main beliefs of Confucianism below:
Group 5: List four main beliefs of Animism below:
Group 6: List four main beliefs of Judaism below:
Group 7: List four main beliefs of Christianity below:
After you have listed your research in
your original home groups, you will be
assigned to share these responses in an
expert group. Each person in turn will
share the response to one question while
the others take notes. By the end of your
expert group meeting, each question will
be answered on your review sheet.
Students should be encouraged to list the main points of their
research on the board or on an overhead and share visually with
the entire class. Teacher and students can decide if a major point
has been omitted or recorded incorrectly. Students will revise
their review sheets if information is changed during this critique.
Both teacher and knowledgeable students will act as knowledge
brokers here to ensure correct information is recorded on the
final review sheets.
C. Assessment Tasks:
Assessment for this lesson includes the review sheet completed, revised, and passed in at the end of this lesson. It also includes your good contributions and efforts to participate in both novice and expert groups.
Complete marks are given for the following criteria:
- accuracy of facts
- contribution to the group
- presentation to the class (this will be a group mark)
- organization of facts
In a brief paragraph of at least eight sentences, describe
how each of the religions is similar ordifferent from your beliefs.
Be specific. This paragraph is due by the next class. Students
will beexpected to pass in a revised copy of the work.
E. Lesson Reflection:
Jot down a few notes about the process of this lesson. Look at it from the students' eyes and adjust the work so that they learn more successfully as the unit progresses.