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Directions: Write a well-
organized essay that includes an introduction, several
paragraphs addressing the task below, and a conclusion.
Belief Systems
You may use any example from your study of global history. Do not
use the
United States in your answer. Some suggestions that you may wish to consider include:
Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam Buddhism, Shinto, Animism, Confucianism, and
You are not limited to these suggestions.
© 2001, Created by Thomas C. Caswell
Adapted from materials provided by the New York State Department of Education
Permission to use this resource is granted only for educational, non-profit use.
There are a variety of belief systems practiced throughout the world
today. Many of these beliefs have
developed massive followings, and
as a result, have had a considerable amount of influence on culture in
the areas where they are practiced.
Choose two belief systems from your study of global history, and for
each one:
Identify the nation or region where it was founded.
Describe two basic teachings of the belief system.
Discuss how the belief system has influenced the culture of the
areas in which it is currently practiced.
: The rubric (scoring criteria) for this essay appears on the next page.