Religions WebQuest

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Introduction

Religion has been a cornerstone of civilization since the first humans populated the Earth. Early people did not have an explanation for things that happened to them so they believed a higher power was controlling their lives. People imagined gods for everything in their daily life, like rain gods, animal gods, even fire gods. As humans developed, so did their faith. People organized prayer rituals, sacrifices, and imagined wonderful places that they would go when they left this life. Gods became popular in certain areas of the world with names like Zeus, Quetzalcoatl, and Shiva. People began living their lives based on either fear of their god's retribution or the moral code the gods gave them. Wars were started in the name of faith. Religious leaders helped to heal the world in times of turmoil. Certain faiths developed and have held strong with millions of followers world wide. Those faiths continue to shape the world as we know it today.

Task

Your task is to explore the major faiths of the world today. You will learn about where the faith came from, what they believe, who their founders were, and how they live their lives. Once you have learned how this faith shapes its followers lives you will create a power point presentation outlining what you have found. You should include all the details of the faith so that you can show why people have chosen to live with these beliefs.

Process

  1. Each group member will research one faith: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Only 1 person per role please, and if you do not have 5 group members you will all need to share the 5th role!
  2. Each group member will use the links provided to research answers to their questions.
  3. Each group member will share their findings with the other group members to compile a complete view of the world religions.
  4. The group will complete a project to present to the class. The project will be in the form of a powerpoint presentation using the information they have uncovered. The project should highlight the unique aspects of each faith.
  5. Each group member will turn in the answers to their research questions on the day they present their project to the class.

Questions and Resources

General World Religions Discussion

General World Religions Discussion

Judaism

  1. Who founded the religion? Who are other major figures of the faith?
  2. What is the name of the Holy Book or teachings? Explain the moral code the faith lives by?
  3. What are their unique beliefs? What is their view on the afterlife?
  4. What are some major customs of the faith? Major Holy days/Holidays?
  5. Draw the symbol(s) used by the faith.
  6. In what modern day countries is this religion most common?

Judaism 101

Christianity

  1. Who founded the religion? Who are other major figures of the faith?
  2. What is the name of the Holy Book or teachings? Explain the moral code the faith lives by?
  3. What are their unique beliefs? What is their view on the afterlife?
  4. What are some major customs of the faith? Major Holy days/Holidays?
  5. Draw the symbol(s) used by the faith.
  6. In what modern day countries is this religion most common?

About Christianity

Islam

  1. Who founded the religion? Who are other major figures of the faith?
  2. What is the name of the Holy Book or teachings? Explain the moral code the faith lives by?
  3. What are their unique beliefs? What is their view on the afterlife?
  4. What are some major customs of the faith? Major Holy days/Holidays?
  5. Draw the symbol(s) used by the faith.
  6. In what modern day countries is this religion most common?

Islam at a Glance

Hinduism

  1. Who founded the religion? Who are other major figures of the faith?
  2. What is the name of the Holy Book or teachings? Explain the moral code the faith lives by?
  3. What are their unique beliefs? What is their view on the afterlife?
  4. What are some major customs of the faith? Major Holy days/Holidays?
  5. Draw the symbol(s) used by the faith.
  6. In what modern day countries is this religion most common?

Hinduism Basics

Buddhism

  1. Who founded the religion? Who are other major figures of the faith?
  2. What is the name of the Holy Book or teachings? Explain the moral code the faith lives by?
  3. What are their unique beliefs? What is their view on the afterlife?
  4. What are some major customs of the faith? Major Holy days/Holidays?
  5. Draw the symbol(s) used by the faith.
  6. In what modern day countries is this religion most common?

Guide to Buddhism

Evaluation

Objectives 0 1 2 3 4 5
Role Did no research at all Answered 1-3 question with little detail Answered 4-5 questions with little detail Answered 4-5 questions in detail Answered all questions with some detail Answered all questions in detail
Collaboration Did not work with group at all, caused problems in group Caused problems in group, did little work Completed own work, did not work with group Worked with group, partial completion of own work Worked with group some, completed own work Worked with group, completed own work, helped in all parts
Resources Did not use any web resources Used one resource with little evidence of detail Used two resources with little detail Used two resourced in detail Used all web resources with little detail Used all web resources in detail
Project No slides included on Power Point Slides are incomplete or incorrect, no pictures Slides are incomplete or incorrect, with pictures Slides are incomplete but correct, with pictures Slides are complete and correct, no pictures Slides are complete and correct, with pictures
Presentation Did not present any information Presented incomplete or incorrect information Presented incomplete information by reading notes or Power Point Presented complete information by reading notes or Power Point Presented incomplete information without reading notes or Power Point Presented complete information without reading notes or Power Point

Conclusion

Congratulations! You now have a world wide view of faith and how it shapes the lives of its followers. Hopefully you have a new perspective on the beliefs of people who may not share the same faith as you.

For 2 bonus points on this WebQuest...write a one paragraph summary explaining in your own words what you think of one of the unique aspects of the religions researched. Please give specific details as to what you found interesting.