Do now (5-10 mins)- Open up the class with a guided meditation; numerous videos can be found on youtube. It is recommended that you watch/listen to the meditation beforehand to ensure it will fit your specific class. (Note: I did not include a guided meditation video as they sometimes taken down by youtube/the creator) After the meditation have students briefly share their thoughts on the quote on the Do Now slide.
Direct Instruction: Use the attached powerpoint for whole group instruction.
1. The first four slides, after the title slide, are Buddhist sayings. Have students jot down their thoughts on these sayings. Are they true? Are they wrong? Did something stick out?
2. Have students take notes on the origins of Buddhism. While this isn’t directly related to East Asia, it is important that students know the origins of Buddhism if they are to understand its’ impact on the world.
3. Review any questions students have.
Guided/Individual Practice: Use the whiteplainspublicschool DBQ for guided/individual practice.
1.Have students complete the questions for documents 7, 8, & 9 of the DBQ.
2. If time allows, go over students answers. If pressed for time, collect the DBQ answers and review with the students the following class.
3. Have students begin the writing process for the essay on Page. 11 of the DBQ. Instead of having students write about two different religions, have them focus on Buddhism. Be sure they are focusing on how the religion spread and how it may have influenced the economic/political life of those living in East Asia. Students should draw information from their notes, the documents from the DBQ, and prior knowledge. This essay should be in the 5 paragraph format
Homework: Have students complete their essay on the spread/influence of Buddhism. (Note: I recommend giving at least 2-3 days to complete this assignment).
Students can be made to complete a personal mission statement. I recommend the 5 paragraph format, however, teachers can modify this as needed. Directions for the mission statement are on the final slide of the powerpoint. (Note: This is a rather personal assignment, so I strongly recommend that this assignment is not shared with other students).