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Through Someone Else’s Eyes: Perspectives from Coeur d’Alene

The third episode in the America by the Numbers series, “Our Private Idaho,” takes viewers to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Once the epicenter of the Aryan Nations’ white-supremacy movements, Coeur d’Alene has nearly doubled in population in the last two decades. Nearly 90 percent of its new arrivals are white, and although the percentage of nonwhite residents is gradually increasing, it’s still tiny at 5.5 percent.

Lesson
Diversity

The School Holiday Calendar

This lesson asks students to think about how school districts can address the needs of increasingly diverse populations. It takes as its starting point a debate in New York City’s public schools. 

Lesson
Religion
Justice

Inaugural Prayers in History

In this lesson, students will examine the practice of including prayers in inaugural ceremonies, focusing on the messages these presidential selections send about diversity and faith in American life.

Lesson
Religion
Justice
Grades 9 to 12
Social Studies

Understanding Religious Clothing

In the United States, different types of religious clothing exist just about everywhere. In this lesson, students will explore how articles of clothing are linked to different religions. First they will research issues around some common articles of religious clothing, such as the hijab and the yarmulke. Then they will explore misconceptions and stereotypes associated with those articles of clothing.

Lesson
Religion
Justice

Understanding Other Religious Beliefs

In this lesson, students will learn about other religions as a starting point to promote religious tolerance. 

Lesson
Religion
Diversity
Grades 3 to 5

The First Amendment and Freedom of Religion

In this lesson, students will use the case of Park51’s Islamic Cultural Center as a starting point for a discussion about whether religious freedom is absolute and if religious freedom requires respect for other religions. 

Lesson
Religion
Justice

Debunking Stereotypes About Muslims and Islam

This activity will help students identify similarities and differences between the U.S. Muslim population and the entire U.S. population. It will also help dispel common stereotypes about Islam.

Lesson
Religion
Justice

One Nation, Many Beliefs

This lesson is the first in a series called “The Rich Tapestry of Religion in the United States.” The overall goals of the series are to help students explore the similarities and differences among different faith traditions, learn that there is no one “right” belief system, identify the implications of living in a country whose religious freedom has engendered tremendous religious diversity, and consider their own responses to those who believe differently than they do.

In this introductory lesson, students are introduced to the word “belief.” They learn about several different religions and examine how many people across the United States follow those religions, and how many follow no religion at all. 

Lesson
Religion
Identity
Grades 3 to 5

My Way Is Not the Only Way

This lesson is part of a series called “The Rich Tapestry of Religion in the United States.” The overall goals of the series are to help students explore the similarities and differences among different religious beliefs and practices, learn that there is no one “right” belief system, identify the positive and negative implications of living in a country with religious diversity and freedom, and consider their own responses to those who believe differently than they do.

In this second lesson, students will learn similarities and differences among the major religions in the United States.

Lesson
Religion
Diversity
Grades 3 to 5

Free to Believe!

This lesson is part of a series called “The Rich Tapestry of Religion in the United States.” The overall goals of the series are to help students explore the similarities and differences among different faith systems and practices, learn that there is no one “right” belief system, identify the positive and negative implications of living in a country with religious diversity and freedom, and consider their own responses to those who believe differently than they do. 

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Religion
Action
Grades 3 to 5

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.

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Religion
Action|Diversity|Identity
Grades 3 to 5

Taking a Closer Look at Religions Around the World

“Taking a Closer Look at Religions Around the World” offers a starting point for exploring religions and faith traditions, creating an ongoing respectful dialogue about religious tolerance. By understanding where and how varying faiths began and developed, it’s possible to better comprehend the reasons behind divergent national and international origins in religion. Building knowledge and comprehension of context can assist our compassion and consideration for other people and faiths.

Lesson
Religion
Diversity

Respecting Nonreligious People

Students often learn the importance of respecting people of different religions, and of respecting religious beliefs that are different from their own. But what about people who do not hold religious beliefs at all? Too often the right not to believe is excluded from lessons about tolerance.

Lesson
Religion
Justice

Celebrating Connections

This activity can help students understand the similarities and differences in various religious traditions.

Activity
Religion
Diversity
Grades 3 to 5
Social Studies

Making Sense of the Employee Free Choice Act

Help your students understand the Employee Free Choice Act, a major change in labor law that will be considered by Congress.

Activity Exchange
Action
Social Studies

Shulamit Aloni

"The fight should be for all human rights - - religious, ethnic, sexual. We have to stop grouping people; they aren't pickle bottles and you can't stick labels on them."

Activity
Justice
Grades 9 to 12

Hanan Ashrawi

"I am not a politician by choice. Instead I try to pursue the objective of institution building, an essential component of the reconstruction of our nation."

Activity
Religion
Justice
Grades 9 to 12
Social Studies

Peace Be Upon You

Explore the separation of church and state with regards to school prayer and religious tolerance.

Activity
Religion
Justice
Grades 9 to 12
Social Studies

Holocaust Art Education Project

Holocaust study encourages discussion about what it means to be a responsible citizen.

Activity Exchange
Action
Social Studies|Arts

Building a Bridge of Understanding

Each year in my art room, I introduce a unit of study focused on the art and culture of another country or region. This year I decided to focus on Islamic art and culture. Since I provide art instruction to approximately 500 students in my little corner of the world, I thought this focus would be an opportunity to help build a bridge between Muslim students and non-Muslim students and begin a dialogue about Islam.

Activity Exchange
Religion
Diversity
Grades 6 to 8

Treasure Chest for Change

It is a challenge to help students to learn not only about history but also from it.

Activity Exchange
Action
Grades 6 to 8