World Cultures Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources


Free lesson plans and resources for those teaching world cultures and world religions. See also my World Languages Page.
This page was scanned for broken links and updated on January 12, 2024


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

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

What is Culture?
Different from the above lesson, this one is from and is for the primary grades.

Your Cultural Attire: Culture, Identity, and Appreciation/Appropriation
An elaborate lesson plan for grades 9-12.

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.

Who Am I?-Exploring Culture
A kindergarten lesson plan.

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

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

World Cultures Lesson Plans
Around the World, A Multicultural Unit
For grades K-1.

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 K-5 from Discovery education.

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

Cultures, Food, and Communities Around thenWorld
A lesson plan for grades 3-5.

What the World Eats
Two lesson plans for grades 7-10. See Unit II for additional lessons.

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

Cultural Diversity in Service
A high school unit focusing on traditions of giving in various cultures.

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

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: K-12 Instructional Resources
Many lesson plans on China, Japan, and Korea. Scroll through the lessons to find those specifically dealing with culture.

Arab Culture and Society
See also Who Are the Arab Americans?

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

Resources from UNESCO.

Teaching World Cultures through the Visual Arts

Resources, including lesson plans, from the Pennsylvania State University Center for Global Studies. See their other resources for educators.

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

Countries of the World
From Theodora.

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

Cultural Awareness
Cultural Awareness
Teacher resources including lesson plans.

Cultural Awareness: Knowing Not to Cross the Line
Am elaborate lesson plan in pdf format.

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.

Cultural Awareness
Teacher Resources and lesson plans. See also Cultural Awareness - Part 2.

World Religions Lesson Plans and Resources

 Lesson Plan Ideas: The World Religions
Lesson planning ideas for grades 6-12 from Education World.
For an excellent resource on world religions, go to The Major World Religions.

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.

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 World Religions Webquest.

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.

Introduction to 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. See also The Origins and Spread of Christianity.

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

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.

Catholic vs. Protestant
A comparison chart.

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.

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 the Morningside Center for Teaching and Cocial Responsibility.

Islamic Art: Exploring the Visual Arts of the Middle East
A grade 7 unit with three lesson plans.

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.

Institute for Curriculum Services
Curricular resources including lesson plans about Israel and Judaism.

The Fiour Religions of East Asia
A middle or high school lesson plan on the religions of East Asia.

Teaching with "The Buddha"
Teaching resources from PBS.

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

World Religions: Buddhism
Information from Education World

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.

Middle School Sikhism Lesson Plan
See also High School Lesson Plan.

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: Teacher Resources
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 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."

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

Several lesson plans for a variety of grade levels from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. See their other lesson plans in the index on the right side of their page.


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