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History & Culture

Introduction to Islam

Goals: The goal of this lesson is to introduce students to the religion of Islam. By providing facts about aspects of the religion, another goal of the lesson is to help dispel the negative views that are often associated with Islam and Muslims since the terrorist events of 11 September 2001.

Overview: This lesson begins with the basic question: What is Islam? It then explains fundamental concepts of Islam, including the 5 Pillars of Islam, and introduces new vocabulary words to help engage the students in learning about Islam and Muslims. The final section of the lesson addresses who Muslims are in greater detail, dispelling common misconceptions about Islam and providing positive examples of Muslims from both the past and present.

Roxanne Taylor and Jayme Taylor