Shinto: The Power of Rituals and Beliefs

Lesson Plan

Marion Wadowski
published on 16 May 2019
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Discovering Shinto: The power of rituals and beliefs... 27 pages of lesson plan and engaging activities about religion in ancient Japan. All you need to teach on that subject included in this resource and ready to print!


  • Discover a new religion: Shinto.
  • Raise awareness in the classroom about personal values.
  • Engage pupils to reflect on their community and their own beliefs and rituals: Where do they come from? Are they important? Do they evolve with time?
  • Engage pupils into talking about religions.
  • Practice pupils’ analytical and oral presentation skills.

Content - 27 pages

  • Detailed course plan divided into two units, each of which has sub-units teachable separately to fit your schedule.
  • 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 pupils.
  • Homework in lieu of assessments; however, you’re free to use them or any other worksheets as and when you see fit.
  • Marking grids for teachers, skill sheets for the pupils.

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Are Some Beliefs Universal?
Collecting data
Discovering Shinto
Critical brainstorming

Unit 2: A Religion Based on Rituals
Homework Review
Understanding key notions
Analysing a text

Supporting Material
Worksheet 1 Your values
Worksheet 2 Key Concepts in Shinto
Key Concepts in Shinto
Worksheet 3 Values versus beliefs - Essay
Tips to write a good essay
Marking grid - Essay
Worksheet 4 Rituals versus beliefs
Worksheet 5 No prophet, no holy texts?
Worksheet 6 Presentation: Your own values, beliefs and rituals… over time.
Marking grid- Oral presentation

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

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Marion Wadowski
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