Lesson Plan


Introductory lesson in a 7th grade unit on belief systems. Includes all needed handouts and materials. 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.


  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > Anthropology
  • Social Studies > World History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


belief systems, myth, folk story, empowerment, culture, religion



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Curriki Rating
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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2009-07-25.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This lesson plan introduces the ideas around beliefs, myths, and fairy tales to students. Although a chunk of the lesson plan includes some classroom specific activities, there are a few ideas that could be adapted for a class that is beginning to learn about these topics. For example, students are asked to think about what makes them happy and what gives them a sense of safety. There is also a thoughtful homework assignment that asks students to interview an adult and to brainstorm definitions for the basic concepts. It should be noted that this appears to be an introductory lesson that is not linked to the larger collection of Social Studies 7.

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