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Enrichment: Jazz Studies

Unit 1: Belief Systems

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This is a unit on belief systems.

Lessons include:

  • Origins and Trust
  • Stories the Refuse to Die
  • The Greek Creation Myth
  • Introduction to the Olympians
  • Hades 1
  • Hades 2
  • Review of Greek Gods
  • Prometheus and Pandora
  • Baucis and Philemon
  • Perseus and Medusa
  • Folktales
  • Introduction to Judaism 1
  • Introduction to Judaism 2
  • Christianity
  • Islam
This unit also includes 2 projects on Shrines and Extremism, quizzes, and review and catch up lessons.

This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.

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This is a basic schedule for a unit on belief systems. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This is an introductory lesson in a 7th grade unit on belief systems. It includes all needed handouts and materials. Objectives: 1) SWBAT identify two basic human needs: a code of behavior and a sense of purpose. 2) SWBAT distinguish between the ways myths, folk stories, and religions provide this purpose. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This is a lesson on Greek myths and Nigerian folk tales, how some stories refuse to die, and why that can sometimes be dangerous. Objectives: 1) SWBAT describe the ways in which ways in which Greek myths and African folk stories have survived across the generations. 2) SWBAT describe the many places in which they will encounter mythological references in college and in life. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This is the first quiz in a unit on belief systems, folk tales, and mythology. All necessary materials are included. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This lesson covers the content of the creation myth in Greek Mythology, which is compared and contrasted with the Judeo-Christian creation story. Objectives: 1) SWBAT describe the basic creation story from Greek mythology. 2) SWBAT compare the Greek creation myth with the Christian creation story. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This is an introduction to the Greek gods. This file includes a page for each god, which should be posted around the room in stations. Students go around the stations collecting information about each god on a worksheet. Objectives: 1) SWBAT classify major Greek gods and goddesses by realm & personality This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 1.6 Hades 1

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This is part one of a lesson on Hades, the underworld in Greek Mythology. Objectives: 1) SWBAT analyze different punishments of characters in Hades. 2) SWBAT describe the expectations for tomorrow's group project and use the rubric with which they will be graded. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 1.7 Hades 2

by Robert Lucas

This is a one day group project in which students create an illustrated map of Hades. Pictures, handouts, homework worksheet are included. Objectives: 1) SWBAT analyze the different punishments of characters in Hades. 2) SWBAT work together as a team. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This folder includes a Do Now and Homework assignment from a unit on belief systems. There doesn't seem to be a lesson plan. This isn't my unit, but perhaps part of the period was spent finishing the Hades project from day 7, or orally reviewing the Greek gods. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students take a quiz on Greek gods, catch up on work from this section of the unit, and learn a new procedure for notecards. The notecard file is separate and is called '9 - notecard format' in this same collection. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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In this lesson, students read myths of Prometheus and Pandora. This file includes handouts for do now, guided reading, and a homework assignment. It does not appear to include the myths themselves, but you can probably find copies online. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students rehearse and perform a play of Baucis and Philemon. All handouts are included EXCEPT the play itself, unfortunately. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This is a lesson plan where the teacher reads aloud the myth of Perseus and Medusa and students create a slideshow. The myth is not included, but everything else is. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This is a quiz covering the Greek myths read in the previous few lessons. It also includes a little new discussion of Prometheus. Objectives: 1) SWBAT connect the myth of Prometheus to our efforts at GCP and to other historical figures. 2) SWBAT evaluate the costs of being "Promethean" 3) SWBAT demolish their weekly quiz on Greek myths. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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The first day of a three-day project, in which students build a shrine to a female character from Greek mythology. Objectives: 1) SWBAT identify the gender stereotypes present in many Greek myths. 2) SWBAT begin planning a shrine that celebrates what stereotypes have forgotten about one Greek female character. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This is day 2 of a three-day project in which students make shrines to a female character from Greek mythology. Objectives: 1) SWBAT model what it means to "assign yourself" and to "ask and answer questions" in group work. 2) SWBAT prepare a draft of their section of their group's shrine. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This is the last day of the shrine project. This lesson isn't completely spelled out, but the file includes handouts where students evaluate their project and participation using a provided rubric. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 1.19 Folktales

by Robert Lucas

Students read a folktale from the Congo and make connections to the Greek myths they have read. Objectives: 1) SWBAT compare and contrast the views of the gods from Greek myths with the view of the gods in a myth from the Congo. 2) SWBAT make connections that demonstrate what totally different cultures can have in common. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This file includes a lesson plan, do now, reading assignment, guided reading worksheet, and homework assignment. Objectives: 1) SWBAT identify the most important words and ideas in Judaism. 2) SWBAT organize the major events in Jewish history in order. Essential Question: "Who gets to decide what beliefs are a part of a religion?" This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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In this lesson, students create short, silent skits on Judaism. There are lots of handouts included here; I think it's everything you need. Objectives: 1) SWBAT identify important holidays and traditions in Judaism. 2) SWBAT make connections between the different branches of Judaism and the different types of church communities we see in the area around Gaston. Essential Question: "Who gets to decide what beliefs are a part of a religion?" This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 1.22 Review Day

by Robert Lucas

This lesson includes a review crossword puzzle and questions for a game of Jeopardy. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This is a test on the first two-thirds of the unit on belief systems. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This is a lesson on the beginnings of Christianity. Teacher should pass back tests from day before and send home letter. Objectives: 1) SWBAT describe how the Christian religion started. 2) SWBAT compare and contrast the basic Jewish beliefs with the basic Christian beliefs. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 1.26 Islam

by Robert Lucas

This lesson covers the basics of Islam. It includes handouts for do now, classwork, and homework. Objectives: 1) SWBAT describe the origins of Islam, its prophet, and its holy text. 2) SWBAT compare and contrast the beliefs of Muslims with those of Jews and Christians. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 1.27 Quiz Day

by Robert Lucas

This is quiz day in the Belief Systems unit, covering Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This file includes the quiz, do now, and homework assignment. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This is day 1 of a two day project in which students make an interactive poster on religious extremism. Objectives: 1) SWBAT define religious extremism and give examples from recent history. 2) SWBAT analyze the ways in which religious extremists use holy texts to support their positions. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This is the second half of a project in which students create an interactive poster on religious extremism. Objectives: 1) SWBAT define religious extremism and give examples from recent history. 2) SWBAT analyze the ways in which religious extremists use holy texts to support their positions. This resource is part of Unit 1: Belief Systems and the Social Studies 7 course.
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