Part I: In the space below, brainstorm some quick answers to our essential question:
Besides food and material possessions, what do we need to be happy?
Part II: Study each picture, and then answer the
question below each one.
Will this wallet be stolen? Why? Will the angry man kill the other? Why?
Will a student cheat on this test? Why? Will someone burn down this house
_______________________________ in the middle of the night? Why?
*** One thing we need to be happy is a ___________________________________ ***
Part III: For each number, circle the one you would prefer.
1. Coming home everyday after work. Traveling the world as the head of a major
2. Having a job Having a career
3. Being a doctor in Raleigh Working as a doctor in a poor community
*** So ? while not necessary, it is nice to have _____________________________ ***
Part IV: Read the selection below. We will begin it as a class, and you will finish it on your own.
We have already discovered two very important ideas. First, everyone wants to feel safe, and to feel safe cultures create sets of rules. We often call those rules ?codes of behavior.? Second, life is usually better if one has a sense of purpose. It is more exciting to be alive if we feel like we are doing something exciting.
The world?s BELIEF SYSTEMS provide answers to those two needs. Different cultures, however, have different ways of providing those answers. Some cultures use religion. By religion, we mean a set of beliefs about one or more Gods that has been written down. In this unit we will study the religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Later this year we will turn to Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and many others.
is possible to create codes of behavior and a sense of purpose in other ways
too. Other cultures use myths or folk tales. Both are stories
that are told orally (by mouth, without being written down) from one generation
to the next. Myths--unlike folk
tales--often tell of Gods or Goddesses. We will study two sets of these stories: myths that came from ancient
1. What makes a myth different from a folk tale? _______________________________
2. What makes a myth different from a religion? _______________________________
3. We will be studying myths from ______________ and folk tales from ____________.
Part V: Complete the chart below by writing religion, myth, or folk tale in the right hand column of the chart.
R, M, or FT?
Parents tell children stories about ancient gods and goddesses.
Children remember stories from their grandparents about ordinary people that taught them the difference between right and wrong.
Student read from the Koran (a holy book) about what God expects from people on earth.
Grandparents take their grandchildren to church to hear the minister read from the Bible and give a sermon.
and Beyond: Create
your own addition to the chart.