Resources on Religion

  • These following lesson plans and resources were compiled by the Office of Equity as a representative sampling of approaches that teachers may utilize to help students talk about topics related to social justice and equity. The below resources are presented as a sampling of approaches to this topic and are not endorsed by the Boston Public Schools or the BPS Office of Equity.

    Prior to utilizing any of these lessons or resources in the classroom, please refer to the Office of Equity's Guidelines for the Use of Offensive Terms in the Classroom document. If you would like assistance with these resources, please contact our office at 617-635-9650 or bpsequity@bostonpublicschools.org.

    Elementary

    Lesson Name Description Suggested Grades
    The Rich Tapestry of Religion in the United States

    “The Rich Tapestry of Religion in the United States” features three lessons that help students assess the religious diversity of the United States, explore different religious and non-religious worldviews, and consider how freedom of religion relates to their own lives and the lives of others. (Teaching Tolerance)

     

    3rd - 5th
    My Way Is Not the Only Way This lesson asks students to identify similarities and differences between different belief systems. (Teaching Tolerance) 3rd - 5th

    Understanding Other Religious Beliefs

    This lesson helps students learn more about different religions and discuss the importance of religious freedom. (Teaching Tolerance)

    3rd - 5th

    Common Religious Clothing

    In this lesson, students will explore how articles of clothing are linked to different religions. (Teaching Tolerance)

    3rd - 5th

    Secondary 

    Lesson Name Description Suggested Grades
    Understanding Religious Clothing In this lesson, students will explore how articles of clothing are linked to different religions. (Teaching Tolerance) 6th - 8th; 9th - 12th
    Countering Islamophobia This lesson explores, confronts and seeks to deconstruct stereotypes and fears targeted at Muslims. In small groups, students will analyze myths and misconceptions about Muslims. They will also understand the meaning of Islamophobia and its effects on Muslims, watch a video to understand the impact of Islamophobia and create an anti-Islamophobia campaign to display in school. (Teaching Tolerance) 9th - 12th
    Anti-Muslim Bigotry and Being an Ally Middle and high school students explore the connection between anti-Muslim acts of bigotry and the misunderstandings and stereotypes about Muslim people and identify ways they can be allies in the face of bias and discrimination. (ADL) 9th - 12th
    Challenging Anti-Semitism: Debunking the Myths and Responding with Facts This curricular unit includes multi-grade lessons that provide students with a basic understanding of Judaism and the cultural, historical and religious aspects of the U.S. Jewish community and offer facts to refute anti-Semitic myths and stereotypes and ways to effectively respond to anti-Semitic incidents. (ADL) 6th - 8th; 9th - 12th