Lesson Objective: Students will research and write short reports on religious or cultural rituals and create displays to illustrate their findings.
Taoist Priest's Robe
Subject Area: Social Sciences
Suggested Grade Level: Secondary School
- Descriptive text on Taoist Priest's Robe
- "Ritual" section from Taoism and the Arts of China: The Journey to Perfect Harmony
- Have the class read the information on the Taoist Priest's Robe and then discuss the images on the robe, including the Five Sacred Peaks, the Eight Trigrams, and the cranes.
- Discuss the robe's original function and the types of rituals in Taoism.
- Discuss the difference between daily rituals and religious or cultural rituals. Encourage students to talk about rituals they have observed in their communities.
- Discuss rituals practiced by people throughout the United States.
- Divide the class into groups and assign each group a particular world religion or culture. Each group should research a ritual from their assigned religion or culture.
- Ask students to think about how their particular ritual is representative of that religion or ethnic group.
- Each group will create a visual display incorporating words and images that depict their selected ritual. Ask them to include a variety of two-and three-dimensional works and time arts to articulate their ideas. If possible, encourage them to bring in ritual implements and other objects used in the ritual.
- When students have completed their research projects, ask each group to present its findings to the class.