Shinto: An Introduction

Lesson Plan

Marion Wadowski
published on 15 May 2019
Download this lesson plan:

Discover Shinto through its beliefs, values and rituals with 25 pages of lesson plan, activities, homework and assignments, keys and marking grids. All you need to teach on that subject: included and ready to print in this resource!


  • Discover a new religion and its gods: Shinto.
  • Engage pupils to reflect on their community and own values. Why do we do what we do in our everyday lives?
  • Raise awareness in the classroom about values and accountability.
  • Engage pupils into talking about their feelings and how to handle them.
  • Practice pupils’ analytical and oral presentation skills.

Content - 25 pages

  • Detailed course plan divided into two units of about 60 to 90 minutes each. Each unit has sub-units which you can teach separately as well, to fit your schedule better.
  • Varied resources, and ready-to-print activities.
  • The Microsoft Word format allows you to adapt the course content and worksheet to the specific needs of your pupil.
  • Homework in lieu of assessments; however, you’re free to use them or any other worksheets as and when you see fit.

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Shinto, a Religion With a Twist
Video and Questions
Mime Game

Unit 2: Amaterasu and Susanoo
Homework Review
Collecting & Summarising Data

Supporting Material
Worksheet 1 - Discovering Shinto
Worksheet 1 - KEYS Discovering Shinto
Worksheet 2 - Charade Game
Worksheet 3 - Shinto Shrine Complex
Worksheet 4 - A Special Person…
Worksheet 5 - Relationships: Collecting Data
Worksheet 6 - Amaterasu and Susanoo
Worksheet 7 - Presentation
Marking grid - Oral presentation

This content was made possible with generous support from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Download this lesson plan:



About the Author

Marion Wadowski
Marion heads AHE's educational activities. She has been working in education for over a decade, both children and adults. Coupling this with her entrepreneurial background, her goal is to help make history fun to learn and easy to teach.


Receive our latest educational materials and teaching ideas:

Where do you teach?

Remove Ads