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Invitation to Religion

Lisa Deaton
Bay District Schools


Students are introduced to the world's five major religions including: traits, characteristics, similarities and differences . Following discussion students create an invitation to a holiday from one of the religions they have studied.


The student knows the significant ideas and texts of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, their spheres of influence in the age of expansion, and their reforms in the 19th century.


-Available teacher reference materials for five major religions to be studied
-Information on various religions (See Religious Tolerance Weblink)
-Information on religious holidays (See Weblink)
-Newsprint, construction, or other available paper for making invitations
-Markers, colored pencils, etc. for creating and completing invitations


1. Collect relevant teacher information and organize.
2. Visit Weblinks for other relevant information to complete chart for all aspects of religions.
3. Collect supplies for invitation activity.


1. Ask students what they know about the following religions: Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism. Ask them about specific symbols such as: Islamic coverings, Jewish yamika, Christian cross, Buddhist Buddha, etc. Discuss what the word “religion” means and give students some concrete definitions. Some students will have major misconceptions. This gets them interested and asking questions about what many religious symbols represent. Be prepared for this by looking at the Weblinks or through information on hand.

2. Inform students that they will be studying and learning about the five major religions of the world. Make sure that they know that these are the five most highly practiced religions because of the number of observers and longevity of the religion.

3. Inform students that they will create an invitation to one of the many holidays celebrated by the religion that they select.

4. Create a chart on the board, and instruct students as well, to make a chart with the five major religions on the left and put the following topics regarding each religion on the top of the chart: origin of religion, founder, significant follower, date of origination, number of followers, country most prevalent today, place/state after death, beliefs/practices, sacred text, formal place of worship, icon/symbols, important holiday(s).

5. Give the students some time in class, using their textbooks or media sources from library, to complete the chart as best as they can. They should take class time working individually or in groups for this. Teacher should circulate as students are working.

6. Now teacher should begin to fill in chart and solicit answers from students until the chart is completed. Make sure that students understand the terminology that goes with each religion as they go along. Most terms can be found in World History textbooks or in the Weblinks provided.

6. Formatively assess the students with the invitation activity. Have students create an invitation to one of the many holidays that the religions you have studied celebrate. The invitation should include the following information: name of holiday being celebrated, reason for celebration, place of celebration, date of celebration and proper attire to be worn. Especially important is that the students understand the meaning and reason for the holiday. Invitation should also contain 2-3 icons or symbols relative to selected religion. Otherwise, students are free to decorate their invitations as they wish. Encourage creativity.


The students' invitations are formatively assessed using the criteria listed in Procedures #6. Students who have not met the criteria should see teacher and have a chance to re-do the invitation to make it a complete project.

Note: This lesson does not address all of the standard; additional lessons are needed to cover this standard.


1. Invite two or more speakers to class to discuss one of the five religions being discussed.
2. Show approved videos relative to religions studied.
3. Give test or quiz for summative assessment in addition to invitation after additional lessons and information have been provided to address the standard.
4. In groups of 2, students could act out the invitation as a skit. However, this performance must include all criteria involved in paper invitation.

Web Links

This site is a Web supplement for Invitation to Religion and may take a while to load.
Religious Tolerance

This is a Web supplement for Invitation to Religion. Use the menu on the left of the Website to choose Religions to obtain background information.
Religious Holiday Festivals

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