Religion and Its Influence: The Origins of Islam


Social Studies Middle School Religion and Its Influence: The Origins of Islam
Students are introduced to Islam and learn the important events in its timeline. Then they explore the beliefs and five pillars of Islam. They look more closely at Ramadan and Hajj, developing a set of questions they’d like to ask someone about them. Finally, students develop an infographic that is designed to inform younger students about the basics of Islam.

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In this experience, students are introduced to Islam and learn the important events in its timeline. Then they explore the beliefs and five pillars of Islam. They look more closely at Ramadan and Hajj, developing a set of questions they’d like to ask someone about them. Finally, students develop an infographic that is designed to inform younger students about the basics of Islam.

Your students may know a lot or very little about Islam before this experience. Explain that there are many misconceptions about Islam. Encourage them to pay close attention so that they learn the facts about what Islam is and what Muslims believe. Remind them to be respectful at all times. If you have any Muslim students in your class, invite them to help instruct the class on their religion.

In Scene 3, students develop a set of interview questions for someone who has been on the Hajj or recently celebrated Ramadan. If possible, invite a guest to your class who has made the pilgrimage or celebrated Ramadan and can answer questions.

For further exploration of the history and spread of Islam, see the other experiences in the Islamic Civilizations unit.

Objective

  • Describe the origin, beliefs, traditions, and customs of Islam.


One of the world’s major religions—Islam—developed in the Arabian Peninsula. You probably know something about the beliefs of Islam—perhaps you have a Muslim friend or you are Muslim yourself! But there are probably some things you don’t know, as well. In this experience, you will learn about the origins and beliefs of Islam as well as its influence in the world.

For many people, religion is a very personal matter, shaping their values, families, and choices. For that reason, it is very important that you show respect toward other people’s religion at all times. There are many misconceptions about Islam in today’s world. As you work through this experience, pay close attention so that you learn the facts about what Islam is and what Muslims believe.

Objective

  • Describe the origin, beliefs, traditions, and customs of Islam.




Pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia


To begin your study of Islam, watch this brief video:


Write down one thing you did know and one thing you did not know about Islam before watching the video.

Post your answer

As a class, discuss what students did and did not know before they watched the video. Encourage students to name the terms they’ve heard before but might not be familiar with. Have students create questions that they want to have answered throughout the experience. 


This video introduces many of the aspects of Islam that you will learn more about in this experience.


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