Lesson Plans on World Religions

Overview – Academic

Our curricula were designed to supplement content standards in social studies and world history and address many of the themes created by the National Council for the Social Studies Curriculum Standards and the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA. Many of these themes are also addressed in state social studies content standards of leading states like California, Texas, and New York.

Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith

Muslims are an important part of the social fabric of America. This curriculum introduces audiences to basic facts about Muslims and their faith, as well as how American Muslims live their faith in a religiously diverse United States.

A History of Muslims in America

Muslims have been a part of U.S. history for centuries, but most Americans are unaware of this fact. Here we depict the substantial, documented presence of Muslims among enslaved Africans in the Americas, describe both the successive waves of immigration that have brought Muslims to our country from the 19th century on and the rediscovery of Islam among African Americans in the 20th century, and highlight notable American Muslims today.

Muslim Contributions to Civilization

Many different peoples and cultures have contributed to world civilization, and it is important to acknowledge all of them. Contributions made by Muslims, particularly those made during the Golden Age of Islam in medieval times, have often failed to be fully recognized and acknowledged. This curriculum offers a small glimpse at some of this often-ignored history, including some of the areas where Muslims made significant contributions, including art, architecture, science, math, medicine, astronomy, chemistry, physics, navigation, geography, literature, and philosophy, among countless other fields.

Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes

One of the most misunderstood areas in Islam is the topic of women. From misconceptions about women’s role and rights, to images of Muslim women covered in black from head to foot, this is a topic that is often stereotyped in public perceptions. This curriculum sheds light on common stereotypes about Muslim women, the history behind them, and strategies for dispelling them.

Emir Abd El-Kader: A Muslim Hero for Our Time

Eulogized simultaneously as the “George Washington of Algeria” and savior of Christians in Syria, the remarkable story of Emir Abd El-Kader makes for a great narrative and teaching moment in history. This curriculum chronicles his life from Algeria to Syria, and complements the study of North Africa, Arab, and Muslim history in the context of social sciences content standards.

Shared Values Among Faiths

This lesson looks at core values shared by five of the world’s major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Central to any discussion of shared values is the Golden Rule in its various renditions in all faiths, and specifically in the religions addressed in this lesson.

Living the Faith

This lesson looks at the five major world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—and how they are practiced in the United States in various venues: at home, at school, at work, and in the larger community.