6th Grade Religious Freedom Inquiry Does Religious Freedom Exist?



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6th Grade Religious Freedom Inquiry

Does Religious Freedom Exist?

Freedom House, map depicting the status of freedom in countries around the world, “Freedom in the World,” 2015. ©Freedom House / Freedom in the World. Used with permission.



Supporting Questions

  1. What are the major religions of the world?

  2. What is religious freedom?

  3. How has religious freedom been represented over time?

  4. What is the current status of religious freedom around the world?

6th Grade Religious Freedom Inquiry


Does Religious Freedom Exist?

New York State Social Studies Framework Key Idea & Practices

6.4 COMPARATIVE WORLD RELIGIONS (ca. 2000 BCE–ca. 630 CE): Major religions and belief systems developed in the Eastern Hemisphere. There were important similarities and differences between these belief systems.

Gathering, Using, and Interpreting Evidence Geographic Reasoning Comparison and Contextualization


Chronological Reasoning and Causation


Staging the Question

Take part in a discussion in which students discuss what they know about different religious traditions.




Supporting Question 1




Supporting Question 2




Supporting Question 3




Supporting Question 4

What are the major religions of the world?




What is religious freedom?





How has religious freedom been represented over time?




What is the current status of religious freedom around the world?

Formative
Performance Task





Formative
Performance Task





Formative
Performance Task





Formative
Performance Task


Create a table that highlights how major world religions are similar and how are they different.




Write a description of religious tolerance/
freedom, and then rewrite it after considering the definitions in the sources.




Create a timeline of relevant events in the history of religious freedom.




Write a claim with supporting evidence about the current status of religious freedom.

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Featured Source

Source A: Graph illustrating religious affiliation around the world

Source B: “Major World Religions Overview Chart”

Source C: Animated map of the history of religion

Source D: “World of Religions” infographic




Source A: Definitions of religious tolerance

Source B: Source bank: Definitions of religious freedom




Source A: Excerpt on human rights from the Cyrus Cylinder

Source B: Excerpt from the Magna Carta

Source C: First Amendment text and “First Amendment and Religion”

Source D: Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and background




Source A: “Freedom and the World 2015” map

Source B: “Social Progress Index 2015”

Source C: Charts from “Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions and Hostilities”




Summative Performance Task

ARGUMENT Does religious freedom exist? Construct an argument (e.g., detailed outline, poster, essay) that discusses whether religious freedom exists using specific claims and relevant evidence from historical sources while acknowledging competing views.

Taking Informed Action

UNDERSTAND Find current examples where people of different faiths coexist or are in conflict.

ASSESS Determine what factors support this instance of faiths coexisting.

ACT Conduct an interfaith gallery walk or create a display of major religions that informs and celebrates the perspectives of these religions and addresses the concept of religious freedom.

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