Activity Overview

Using a G.R.A.P.E.S. Chart to organize information about ancient Civilizations is a useful tool to enhance students' analysis of the characteristics and contributions of a society. Going further and including visuals helps students to better retain the details of each category.

When learning about ancient Civilizations, students may need teachers to provide a variety of resources. The use of diverse resources such as primary sources, videos, songs, readings from textbooks, encyclopedias and literature can be helpful for students to gain an accurate and complete picture of the time period. Students can use graphic organizers to write notes about the different categories as they learn.

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Students will then create a spider map focusing on religion of ancient India.

By focusing on just one category, students are encouraged to include more information and should complete 3-6 cells. Students can come together after they’ve created their storyboards to share what they’ve learned. The full G.R.A.P.E.S. Chart can be used as a post assessment after students have presented.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a spider map focusing on the different philosophies and beliefs in the Religion of ancient India.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Write a title for each cell and a 1-3 sentence description.
  3. Create an illustration that represents each cell using appropriate scenes, characters, and items. To find images related to ancient India, type “India” into the search bar.

Requirements: Minimum of 3 cells showcasing different philosophies and beliefs of the Religion of ancient India. Appropriate scenes to illustrate each cell. 1-3 sentence description for each cell demonstrating your understanding.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

How To Discuss the Origin of Religions in Ancient India


Give an Overview

Give a brief overview of religions and where they come from to the students. Discuss in detail as to how people start following religions and the significance of religions in the world. Teachers can also make the lecture more interactive and ask the students their views regarding religions and how they became famous.


Identify the Religions

Ask the students to identify the different types of religions that were followed by the ancient Indian civilization. These religions include Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Jainism. Encourage the students to perform some independent research to find out more about the religions and their connection with the civilization.


Create a Timeline

Ask the students to create a timeline for all the significant events that took place in the ancient Indian civilization. Within this timeline, students can add different aspects of the civilization such as the origin of different traditions, the development of religions, and overall development of the civilization. Students can even extend the timeline to show aspects before and after the civilization.


Connect With Modern Day

Give a brief overview of how these historic faiths have changed through time and how they are still relevant in contemporary India. Students can also connect the involvement of religion in significant events for the civilization.


Reflect and Discuss

Encourage the students to discuss their ideas, pose questions, and demonstrate their comprehension of the subject. Consider talking about the larger implications of the existence of multiple religions in ancient India for the present-day events.

Frequently Asked Questions About Religion in Ancient India

Which religion was more prevalent in the ancient Indian Civilization?

In ancient India, the three main faiths were Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. There were also several sects within these systems. The most dominant faiths were Hinduism and Buddhism which are polytheistic religions and have values focused on the ways of living.

What social and cultural effects did the religions followed by ancient Indian civilization have?

The art, architecture, literature, cultural traditions, and social standards were all greatly influenced by these religions. They also had an impact on government and political systems.

Who were the main leaders of the ancient Indian religions?

A few important religious leaders include Siddhartha Gautama (Buddhism), Lord Mahavira (Jainism), and other sage-rishis like Vyasa in Hinduism.

What is the relationship between contemporary society and ancient Indian civilization?

The origins of contemporary Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism may be found in the historical Indian religious traditions. Furthermore, a number of sects and schools of thought are still in use today. Students can create a comparison chart depicting all these differences and similarities.

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