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.

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

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.

Unit Prep

Essential Questions

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

Vocabulary

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Text-based

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

Root/Affix

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To see all the vocabulary for this course, view our 3rd Grade Vocabulary Glossary.

Notes for Teachers

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Lesson Map

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  • OWMR pp. 1 – 3

    RI.3.3

    RI.3.8

Explain the history and beliefs of Judaism.

9Essential Task

  • OWMR pp. 13 – 17

    RI.3.3

    RI.3.8

Explain the history and beliefs of Christianity.

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  • OWMR pp. 24 – 29

    RI.3.3

    RI.3.8

Explain the history and beliefs of Islam. 

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  • OWMR pp. 30 – 35

    RI.3.3

Explain the five pillars of Islam and why each pillar is important. 

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Assessment

  • What Is Religion? pp. 28 – 29

Common Core Standards

Core Standards

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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

Spiral Standards

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L.3.4

L.3.4.b

L.3.6

RF.3.3

RF.3.4

RI.3.1

RI.3.10

RI.3.4

RI.3.5

RI.3.7

SL.3.4

SL.3.5

SL.3.6

W.3.10

W.3.4

W.3.5

W.3.6