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Grade 11 - World Religions and Belief Traditions: Issues, and Challenges: Sacred Stories

This course enables students to study world religions and belief traditions in local, Canadian, and global contexts. Students will explore aspects of the human quest for meaning and will examine world religions and beliefs.

Suggested Databases: UCDSB VLC

21 Century Canadian Connections

21 Century Canadian Connections:

The Wampum Belt

Teacher prompts: “Why is the Haienwtha Belt (wampum belt) categorized by some as both a form of sacred writing and an oral teaching?” 

Read A Loud - Tie IN

I want to learn more: Databases & Video Links

Digging Deeper: Websites for further research

1 Explain the various terms used to classify religions and belief traditions and the values implicit in these classifications (e.g., belief system, cult, denomination, religion, sect) Teacher prompt: “Why might some people say that Buddhism is a philosophy and not a religion? What difference does this make?”

Key Terms - Define & explain.


Key Terms: Mythology, Legends, Storytelling, Sacred Text, Creation stories  The Bhagavad Gita, The Great Law of Peace of the Longhouse,  People, the Qur’an,  The Jatakas, The Kojiki, The Mishnah, The New Testament



Digging Deeper:: The Art of Storytelling - Menza 4 Kids

The Art of Storytelling

The Art of Storytelling

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  Storytelling is an ancient and valuable art that extends around the globe. In this unit, students develop their own storytelling talents, apply the techniques of storytelling, create storytelling guides, and perform a story for an audience. This unit can be taught to an entire classroom or given as a self-directed extension activity. Each lesson is quite short, and they can easily be combined.


  • Where did storytelling originate?
  • What are the benefits of storytelling?
  • What are the key features of a well-told story?
  • How does a storyteller develop a story to prepare it for an audience?
  • How can a storyteller develop and refine his/her storytelling ability.  


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