Guidelines for Teaching About Religion in K–12 Public Schools in the United States

The American Academy of Religion (AAR) has published a guide on public education about religions at Guidelines for Teaching About Religion in K‐12 Public Schools in the United States (as a PDF), produced by the AAR’s Religion in the Schools Task Force and published in April 2010. The document contains information much like that in the First Amendment Center guidelines, but has much more on teacher education opportunities, approaches from a religious studies perspective, and much more.

Getting To Know American Muslims and their Faith

Muslims are an important part of the social fabric of America. This curriculum introduces audiences to basic facts about Muslims and their faith, as well as how American Muslims live their faith in a religiously diverse United States. The Lesson Plan consists of five lesson plans with slide show (see table of contents).

What is the Truth about American Muslims? Questions and Answers

This publication seeks to answer common questions about Islam and Muslims, in order to inform Americans about the vast majority of their fellow citizens who are Muslim. In doing so, it seeks to uphold our shared commitment to religious freedom and contribute to a climate of understanding and respect among Americans of all faiths and none.

Controversy Over The NYC Muslim Community Center & The 9/11 Experience

This lesson plan asks children to watch and discuss three public service announcements by the Council on American Islamic Relations featuring Muslims who were part of the 9/11 rescue effort; consider the news about the controversy over the Cordoba Project (“Ground Zero Mosque”), and discuss a Niemoller poem that relates to standing up for the rights of others. Link to the brief videos “9/11 Happened to All of Us” listed in the resources at