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  • Religious Literacy
  • Educator

• Explain and compare two approaches to religious literacy

• Give examples of how they can be incorporated into the classroom setting

Each professional development module has four primary components: (1) read, (2) watch, (3) interact, and (4) discuss. Below you will find activities, documents, videos, and other materials that correspond with each of the four components of the module. Please complete the activities in the order in which they appear.

"Teaching Understanding"

Diane Moore, Harvard Divinity School

(7:30 min)

Take the "U.S. Religious Knowledge Quiz" from the Pew Research Center.

As you progress, reflect on the kinds of questions that are being asked. What kinds of knowledge about religion do you think are being tested? How does this reflect or not reflect Prothero's definition of religious literacy? How well does your score on this quiz represent your religious literacy?

Directions: Briefly respond to the following questions in the forum (located in the right-hand sidebar below “Lessons.”) Please make sure that you open the forum in a new tab or window, so that you can view the discussion questions as you write your response.

  1. What are the strength and weaknesses of each approach to religious literacy? 
  2. Which approach to religious literacy do you find more compelling? Why? Which do you think better represented your own understanding of religious literacy?
  3. How could you employ one or both of these approaches to integrate religious literacy into your curriculum?

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