Exploring World Religions

Students build a deeper appreciation and respect for world religions in the aim of better understanding the differences and similarities among the religions and cultures of their classmates.

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ELA

Unit 5

3rd Grade

Unit Summary


In this unit, students build a deeper understanding, appreciation, and respect for the wide variety of religions found in the world by reading two core texts: What Is Religion? and One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship. In today’s society, illiteracy regarding religion is widespread and fuels prejudice and bullying. The negative impacts of religious illiteracy and intolerance can be minimized by teaching religion in a non-devotional, academic perspective. Therefore, this unit challenges students to build a broader awareness and understanding of religion by exposing students to a diversity of religious views and educating students about some of the most common religions. It is important to note that this unit is not intended to promote the acceptance of one particular religion or serve as a place to practice religion. Instead, it is our goal that this unit will help students better understand the differences and similarities among the religions and cultures of their classmates, and begin to appreciate and respect differences in religion. 

As readers, this unit challenges students to synthesize information across two texts to build a deeper understanding of a topic. Students will analyze how authors support points, what structures they include to emphasize key ideas, and how different texts provide different perspectives and information about similar topics.

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Texts and Materials


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Core Materials

Supporting Materials

Assessment


These assessments accompany this unit to help gauge student understanding of key unit content and skills.

Additional progress monitoring suggestions are included throughout the unit. Essential Tasks can be found in the following lessons:

Unit Prep


Intellectual Prep

Unit Launch

Prepare to teach this unit by immersing yourself in the texts, themes, and core standards. Unit Launches include a series of short videos, targeted readings, and opportunities for action planning.

Essential Questions

  • What is religion? Why is it important to learn about other religions? 
  • What are the key beliefs of the major world religions? 

Vocabulary

Text-based

baptism covenant crucified descendant detachment denomination enduring enlightenment endures fast forbid karma meditate monk observe pilgrimage plagues prophet presence revelation resurrection represent resurrected religion ritual sacred surrender synagogue sympathy venture worship

Root/Affix

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To see all the vocabulary for Unit 5, view our 3rd Grade Vocabulary Glossary.

Supporting All Students

In order to ensure that all students are able to access the texts and tasks in this unit, it is incredibly important to intellectually prepare to teach the unit prior to launching the unit. Use the intellectual preparation protocol and the Unit Launch to determine which support students will need. To learn more, visit the Supporting all Students teacher tool.

Notes for Teachers

Lesson Map


Common Core Standards


Core Standards

L.3.1
L.3.1.h
L.3.1.i
L.3.2
RI.3.2
RI.3.3
RI.3.8
RI.3.9
SL.3.1
W.3.2
W.3.2.a
W.3.2.b
W.3.2.d
W.3.7
W.3.8

Supporting Standards

L.3.4
L.3.4.b
L.3.6
RF.3.3
RF.3.4
RI.3.1
RI.3.4
RI.3.5
RI.3.7
RI.3.10
SL.3.4
SL.3.5
SL.3.6
W.3.4
W.3.5
W.3.6
W.3.10
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Unit 4

Exploring Ancient Civilizations: Rome