Recommended Educational Resources for Teaching World History, World Religions and Global Studies

ING Resources

The following are ING resources for teaching about religion in the context of World History, World Religions, Global Studies, or related subjects.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

Interactive curriculum about Muslims and their faith:

Interactive curriculum about multiple faiths:

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Other Recommended Educator Resources

The following are educator resources and materials provided by other organizations for teaching comparative religions, pluralism, and religious tolerance.


Access Islam

Lesson plans, timelines and vocabulary lists for teaching students in grades 4-8 about Islamic holidays, traditions and cultures.

Published by the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), Being Muslim in America offers profiles of American Muslims who have contributed to the mosaic of everyday life in the United States. In English and Arabic.

Change the Story
Lesson plans offer a starting point for increased knowledge and understanding of Islam and the Muslim community in an effort to reduce misinformation and promote mutual respect.

CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative
A forum and resources to deepen the understanding of issues relating to religion and U.S. foreign policy for high school and higher education faculty teaching global courses such as world history, international relations, political science and religious studies, etc.

The Muslim Heritage
A repository of knowledge and historical data on the role of the Muslim world’s contribution to science, technology and world civilization.

National Humanities Center
TeacherServe, an interactive curriculum enrichment service, supplements humanities studies in high schools, colleges and universities. Divining America: Religion in American History offers essays by leading scholars, discussion guides, and links to online resources.

OSCE – Guidelines for Educators on Countering Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims [PDF]

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe produced this resource for addressing Islamophobia through education. ING is mentioned in the document.

1001 Inventions
A global educational initiative that features more than sixty interactive exhibits to promote the awareness of scientific and cultural achievements of Muslim civilization, and how those contributions helped build the foundations of our modern world.

PBS Frontline: Muslims
Portraits of diverse Muslims who tell their stories about the role of Islam in their lives and societies. Includes FAQs and a Teacher’s Guide.

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
Grade-level specific lesson plans introduce K-12 students to today’s most important religious and moral issues. Using stories and online video, they address a broad range of current events from bioethics and the role of faith in politics to Islam and terrorism.

Saudi Aramco World
To increase cross-cultural understanding, the bimonthly magazine broadens knowledge of the cultures, history and geography of the Arab and Muslim worlds and their connections with the West. Saudi Aramco World is distributed without charge, upon request, to interested readers worldwide.

Scarboro Missions
The Golden Rule is found in religious and non-religious literature throughout history. Developed primarily for high school students, this curriculum for public, private and religious schools can also be used with many young people prior to their last years of high school depending on their reading ability.

The Shared Visions project highlights excerpts from different faith communities’ holy texts, showing how the world’s religions share many core values. The classic shared vision, the Golden Rule, is available as a downloadable PDF in Arabic, English, French, Hebrew and Spanish.

Teaching Tolerance
Dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences, Teaching Tolerance offers lesson plans including Taking a Closer Look at Religions Around the World – a starting point for exploring religions and faith traditions and creating an ongoing respectful dialogue about religious tolerance.

World Savvy Monitor
Provides lesson plans, activities, readings, discussion questions for deepening content knowledge of world issues and giving middle and high school students a global education.



20,000 Dialogues
A nationwide initiative that uses award-winning films to facilitate dialogues about Muslims and Islam to promote pluralism, dialogue, and civic engagement.

New Muslim Cool
New Muslim Cool, a powerful documentary, tells the story of a young Puerto Rican hip hop artist who converted to Islam at age 21, pulling himself off the streets to become a community activist.

The Pluralism Project: Fremont, U.S.A.
In a study of today’s multi-religious society, Fremont, U.S.A. offers a portrait of the new religious communities of Fremont – Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and Muslim – as they interact with the city and other religious groups. A study guide encourages educators and their students to look at the issues presented in the film.

Unity Productions Foundation
Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) produces films which are part of long-term educational campaigns aimed at increasing understanding among people of different faiths and cultures, especially among Muslims and other faiths.  They also feature opportunities for educators to use the films as classroom teaching tools with lesson plans, interactive learning websites and other teaching resources.


Religion in Public Schools

California Three Rs Project
Offers a resource list of articles and reports related to teaching about religion. Publishes a bulletin with information about topics of concern to schools and the community related to religions and after First Amendment liberties.

The First Amendment Center
What is the Truth about American Muslims? Questions and Answers
Finding Common Ground (2007 revised version)
A Teacher’s Guide to Religion in the Public Schools
The Bible and Public Schools
Teaching About Religion in American Life: a First Amendment Guide
Living With Our Deepest Differences, school curriculum
A Discussion Guide to First Freedoms: A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights in America, by Laura Billings and Terry Roberts, published by Oxford University Press in collaboration with First Amendment Center
Public Schools & Religious Communities
Learning about World Religions in Public Schools: the impact on student attitudes and community acceptance in Modesto, Calif., by Emile Lester and Patrick S. Roberts. A First Forum report
The Future of Religious Freedom in America, report of joint conference by McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum and First Amendment Center, October 2005
Teaching About Religion in Public Schools: Where Do We Go from Here? This question and others were considered at a conference sponsored by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and the First Amendment Center on May 20-22, 2003. View conference transcript here.
More First Amendment Center Publications

Islamic Networks Group (ING)
Frequently asked questions and answers regarding the do’s and don’ts of teaching about religion in public schools.