*** One thing we need to be
happy is a ___________________________________ ***
Part III: For each number, circle the one you would
1. Coming home
everyday after work. Traveling
the world as the head of a major company
2. Having a job Having
3. Being a doctor in
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.
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.
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 Greece (in Europe) and folk tales that come from
ancient Nigeria (in Africa).
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
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.
your own addition to the chart.