Human Rights Lesson Plan Part 2 (for CSPE and RE teachers)

Religious symbols (10 minutes)

Show students a cross, a crescent and moon, and a Star of David. Ask learners to identify each to determine their level of awareness. Ask them to find something all of these symbols have in common. They could make the connection to things visible in the northern night sky, symbols of religion, shapes etc. After learners have given some ideas, lead the class to agree on a common definition that all could work from during the lesson: that these are all religious symbols and represent a particular religion.

Problems of Planet (10 minutes)

Students will be presented with a number of problems arising on Planet X. Problems will relate to discrimination in school, at work and in society. Religious discrimination will be the main focus. I will explain that on Planet X we have three main religious movements: Jewish, Christian and Muslim.

Group Work (10 minutes)

Groups of three. Each student in the group will work individually to begin with. They will read and learn about their chosen religion. Students will then complete a worksheet as a group. The worksheet will allow them to find similarities and comparisons between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Venn Diagram (10 minutes)

Pull back together as a whole class. Have each group report the beliefs of each group. Discuss. Point out similarities and differences. 

Put a blank Venn diagram on the board or overhead projector. Give each student a copy of the Venn diagram. Together fill in the beliefs of each religion in the appropriate circles. 


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