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In this resource, students will learn about diversity, culture, and communication through the lens of religion. By learning about the role of religion in their own lives, communities, and across the world, students will come to appreciate the richness of cultural diversity. Students will also discuss how people can communicate across cultural differences, and come together to solve problems. The focus of each lesson is:
Lesson 1: How do My Values Relate to the Values of Others?
Lesson 2: What Does Religion Look Like in My Community?
Lesson 3: Religion Across the World
Lesson 4: Exploring Religion
Lesson 5: Communication, Conflict, and Collaboration Across Religions
In this resource, students will learn to solve conflict peacefully.
This resource would be an excellent teaching tool for middle school classrooms in social studies and history courses.
The following tool will allow you to explore the relevant curriculum matches for this resource. To start, select a province listed below.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives
This resource focuses on exploring students ideas and values on the topic of religion. They are encouraged to do this via open ended discussions. They will form their own opinion and take informed positions on the topic.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives:
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions:
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning
This is not a goal of this resource.
|Acting on Learning:
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
Students will learn about culture and diversity by looking at different religions. This will be done by exploring students beliefs and values through open discussions.
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans
In completing this resource, students will learn diversity and culture through the lens of religion.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).
|Personal Affinity with Earth
This is not the focus of this resource.
|Personal Affinity with Earth:
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
If the teachers decides to, students will get a chance to learn about the different religions within their community by visiting places of worship.
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.
In this resource, students get to express their beliefs and values and make their own opinions on the subject.
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
This resource can be used in civics, social studies, and history courses.
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
This is not a focus of this resource.
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
This resource has a lot of different activities and therefore addresses the needs of different learning styles. For examples, students will get to discuss their beliefs, watch some videos, write a letter, make a skit, etc. However, modification for students with learning disabilities are not included.
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
Students will get to solve a made up conflict in the form of a simulation.
Authentic learning experiences are provided
Students will work in groups to complete the activities.
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation
Each lesson is equipped with an idea on how to assess students. However, rubrics and evaluation materials are not included in this resource.
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.
Students will get the opportunity to do a presentation for their peers on the topic of religion and influential people.
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
Students will get exposed to religious leaders who are making positive changes to their society.
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.