Subject: Social studies
Summary: Students learn to interpret and understand different religions using the skills of research, argumentation, public speaking and analytical writing. By the end of the lesson students should be able to identify and differentiate between different main religions in the world.
Activity length: Duration is approximately 80 minutes.
  • Students learn about and analyze the main religions in the world.
  • Students develop critical research skills and argumentation skills.

In order for this lesson using computers is necessary.

Teacher prepares questions to lead the discussion.


Part 1: Teacher firstly introduces relevant keywords:

Types of religious organization (church, sect, cult)

  • Major religions in the world (Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam)
  • Teacher instructs students to find information on the Internet about the world’s main religions.

Part 2: Teacher facilitates a discussion about the questions:

  • In what way do churches, cults and sects differ?
  • What are some of the similarities between Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism?

Part 3: Teacher facilitates a group debate on the motion: “Religion is useful for humanity”. Students should be given a position to defend (either proposing or opposing the motion) and instructed to use the knowledge gained through online research and previous group discussion.

Part 4: Student are told to choose two of the religions previously covered to compare them in a 1-page short essay. Students should be instructed to use information and ideas from previous parts of the lesson.


Active participation should be credited. Essays should be marked by taking into account the amount of material that has been used from the previous parts of the lesson. In addition to that argumentation skills should be assessed.