Christianity: Concentrated in Europe and North and South America
Islam: Concentrated in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia
Buddhism: Concentrated in East and Southeast Asia
Hinduism: Concentrated in India
Below is an annotated list of Internet resources for this organizing topic. Copyright restrictions may exist for the material on some Web sites. Please note and abide by any such restrictions.
Boeree, C. George. “The History of Buddhism.” Shippensburg University. http://www.ship.edu/~cgboeree/buddhahist.html. This site contains a copyrighted article on the history of Buddha.
Internet Islamic History Sourcebook. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/islam/islamsbook.html. This history sourcebook, housed at Fordham University in New York, provides information on the history of Islam.
“Judaism.” Jewish Virtual Library. http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/judaism.html. This site, sponsored by The America-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, provides information on the Jewish faith and a guided tour of the Holy Land.
“India Religion: Hinduism.” Indiaserver.com. http://religions.indiaserver.com/india-hinduism-religion.html. This site provides information on Hinduism.
“What is Christianity?” Rutgers University. http://geneva.rutgers.edu/src/christianity/. This site provides information on Christianity.
“Your Guide to the World Religions.” BBC World Service. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/people/features/world_religions/index.shtml. This site gives information on many religions.
Session 1: Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
5 x 8 inch index cards
Colored pencils and/or markers
Electronic presentation of the monotheistic religions chart (see below)
1. Display three columns with the headings “Judaism,” “Christianity,” and “Islam.” Ask students to name any belief, term, person, or holiday they might know related to these religions, and write their responses under the appropriate headings.
2. Distribute index cards, rulers, and colored pencils and/or markers. Explain that each student will create a flash card containing basic information on these three major monotheistic world religions. Display the following chart for students to copy onto both sides of the card, filling the entire surface of each side. Direct students to use a different color for each religion. Discuss the meanings of the terms doctrine and belief and the differences between them.
3. Help students complete the chart on one side of the card by asking students questions about each religion and having them write in the answers. Supplement discussion with teacher-selected resources.