World Cultures Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources


Free lesson plans and resources for those teaching world cultures and world religions.
Last updated on September 13, 2017.


Index: Defining Culture, World Cultures Lesson Plans, World Cultures Teaching Resources, Teaching Tolerance
Cultural Awareness Lesson Plans, World Religions Lesson Plans, Return to Index

Defining Culture Lesson Plans
What is Culture?
A lesson plan from Mr. Donn.

What is Culture?
Different from the above lesson, this is one of twelve lesson plans from Connecting Cultures.

Cultural Identity and Values: What is Culture?
A high school lesson plan from the Anti-Defamation League.

Defining Popular Culture
A high school lesson plan from Canada's Centre for Digital and Media Literacy.

Everyone Has a Culture - Everyone is Different
A lesson plan from the Peace Corps.

Culture is Everywhere
A lesson plan emphasizing the role culture plays in our lives and promoting acceptance.

Culture Race and Ethnicity
A lesson plan from the Government of Australia for their Harmony Day.

What is Culture? And How Do We Study It?
Definitions and information from Culture Quest. See also Explorations for Students.

World Cultures Lesson Plans
One World: Connecting Communities, Cultures, and Classrooms
Several lesson plans and printables from Scholastic.

World Cultures
Many lesson plans from Learn NC including Around the World, A Multicultural Unit.

National Peace Corps Association: Global Ed
Many classroom materials including lesson plans.

Earth, Universe, and Culture

A lesson plan for grades 5-8 from PBS.

Investigating World Cultures

A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Education World.

Comparing Cultures
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from National Geographic.

Digital Story Writing: Cultural Myths
A high school lesson plan.

100 People: Global Issues through Our Lens
"A current events curriculum guide for middle and high schools."

Food and Culture
Four activities from the Chicago Humanities Festival.

What Do People Around the World Eat?
A high school lesson plan from Learning to Give.

Cross-Culture Communication
A high school lesson plan from the World Affairs Council.

Exploring World Cultures through Folk Tales
An elementary lesson plan from Read-Write-Think.

Culture Aids
A three-period lesson plan for grades 6-8 in which students identify elements of cultural differences found in books about children from different continents.

International Festival: Passport to the World
Many lesson plans including several about specific countries.

European Union Lesson Plans
Several secondary lesson plans in pdf format including one titled "Cultural Diversity."

Mexican Culture and History through Its National Holidays
A middle school lesson plan.

4 Spanish Culture Lesson Plans Your Students Will Love
Lesson plans for Spanish classes.

Asia Society
Lesson plans about Asia and the world.

East Asia Studies Center: Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans on China, Japan, and Korea. Scroll through the lessons to find those specifically dealing with culture.

Arab Culture and Society
A lesson plan from American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Council.

World Cultures Resources for Teachers
World Culture and Resources
From the Library of Congress.

Resources from UNESCO.

CIA World Factbook
Information on virtually every country in the world!

Country Guides
A "Global Guide to Culture, Customs, and Etiquette.

World History and Culture Resources
Many resources from TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus.

Classroom Resources
From the World Affairs Council of Oregon.

Cultural Awareness
Cultural Awareness/Sharing Traditions
A lesson plan for grades 4-6.

Developing Awareness: An Intercultural Communication Lesson Plan
A lesson plan for intermediate and advanced-level students."

Teaching Cultural Awareness Using the Four Skills
A unit for an ESL classroom.

The Real World of Languages: Cultural Awareness Debate
A lesson plan from the UK for years 10-12.

Cultural Awareness
An elaborate unit.

World Religions Lesson Plans and Resources
Taking a Closer Look at World Religions
Teaching ideas for grades 6-12 from Teaching Tolerance. See also World Religions and Curriculum Guide: World Religions and Spirituality for other teaching materials. For excellent resources on world religions, go to The Major World Religions and Religious Tolerance: Religions of the World.

Lesson Plan Ideas: The World Religions
Lesson planning ideas for grades 6-12 from Education World.

World Religions
An elaborate lesson plan for 10th grade.

How Have World Religions Shaped Who I Am Today?
Five lesson plans exploring the above question from Concept to Classroom.

Discovering World Religions
A 6th-grade unit plan.

The Spread of Religions
A unit from Bridging World History.

Argumentative Writing/Religions of the World Unit
A 14-day unit for grade 6 from the Utah Education Network.

Resources: World Religions
From the NY Times Learning Network.

World Religions WebQuest
See also Understanding Major Religions of the World foran other WebQuest.

Rituals and Rites of Passage
A 5th or 6th-grade lesson plan.

Comparative Religion Investigation: What Happens When We Die?
A lesson plan from PBS for grades 9-12.

The Comparative Religions Page
A long list of links to related sites.

Europe's Languages and Religions
An activity for grades from National Geographic.

Jesus and the Rise of Christianity
A high school lesson plan from the Discovery Education.

The Roman Empire and Christianity
An elaborate lesson from the Stanford History Group.

Christianity in the World
A high school lesson plan designed tom introduce students to the history or Christianity.

Lesson1: The Origins of Christianity
A lesson plan from Houghton Mifflin World History: Ancient Civilizations. See Lesson 2: The Early Christians and Lesson 3: Rome and Christianity.

Making Sense of the Reformation in 1 Day
A 9th-grade lesson plan.

Forms of Worship in Christian Denominations
A high school lesson plan. See also Catholic vs. Protestant for a comparison chart.

Christian Denomination Approaches Towards Environmentalism
There's no title for this lesson plan, but the text above explains its aim.

The Mormons
A teachers guide from PBS. See their lesson plan Vote or Veto: How Does Religion Affect Candidates and Voters? and Matters of the Latter Day: Ideas for Addressing Mormonism in the Classroom.

Lessons of the Indian Epics: Following the Dharma
A lesson plan exploring the Ramayana, an epic poem which provides insights into many aspects of Indian culture and the Hindu concept of Dharma.  

Religions of the World: Hinduism
A teacher's guide.

A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from Discovery Education. See also
Islam: History, Society And Civilization.

The Islam Project: Education
Lesson plans, essays, and maps designed to help answer questions about Islam and its role in world politics including What is Shariah? Major Sources and Principles of Islamic Law.

Islam 101 Online Course
An online course complete with tests. See also Five Pillars of Islam.

Islam and the West
An overview and suggestions for study from Teachable Moment.

Understanding Islam
A WebQuest.

The Growth of Islam
A SCORE Cyberguide providing a 7th-grade Internet-based activity. See also Islamic Scientific Contributions to Civilization for another 7th-grade activity.

Islamic Foil Art
This art activity, which is appropriate for many grade levels, may be just what you need for your multidisciplinary unit on Islam.

The Story of the Jews
Classroom resources from PBS.

Blue Monday and Friends: Traditional Jewish Holidays Come Alive Through The Art of Story-Telling
A primary-grade unit.

Classroom Resources
From the Lookstein Center for Jewish Education.

Jewish Culture
A lesson plan using the KWL method and Marilyn Sachs' book, A Pocket Full of Seeds.

Jewish History for Today's Classroom - Institute for Curriculum Services
Curricular resources including lesson plans.

Religions of East Asia
A middle or high school lesson plan on the religions of East Asia. See also Expedition to Asia – Religions Across the Continent.

Teaching with "The Buddha"
Teaching resources from PBS.

The Three Doctrines & Legalism
A lesson plan from Mr. Donn comparing Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism.

Teaching about Buddhism
Lesson plans from Alfred University.

Buddhism and the Dalai Lama
A high school lesson plan from Discovery Education. 

Khalsa Kids Teachers' Corner
Classroom resources for teaching about Sikhism. See also Resources Archive -  Sikh Coalition.

Elementary Sikh Lesson Plan
A lesson plan from Khalsa Kids.

Sikh Re Resources
Three lesson plans about Sikhism.


Teaching Tolerance
Classroom Activities from
Many excellent activities for a variety of subjects and lesson plans.

Teaching Tolerance 
Five lesson ideas from Education World.  See Teaching Tolerance: Additional Resources for a list of links to additional lesson plans.  

Museum of Tolerance: Lessons and Activities
A Teacher's Guide, lesson plans, and rubrics.

Teaching Tolerance ~ Lesson Plans
Several lesson plans for a variety of grade levels from One World, One Heart Beating.

Tolerance Lessons and Materials
From the Beyond Tolerance

Tolerance in Times of Trial
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from PBS America Responds that explores "the problems inherent in assigning blame to populations or nations of people."

Teaching Tolerance and Diversity
A middle-school lesson plan using The Diary of Anne Frank.

Understanding Stereotypes
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from Discovery Education.  

A 6th-grade lesson plan from the Social Studies School Service.


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