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Lesson 8 Christians and Drugs Key Words – Higher Level Understanding

• Targets: • To summarise religious teachings on drugs

• You will answer an exam based question on drug use and religion

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Connection • Recall what you learnt last lesson; How do relgious groups approach the use of drugs? Write two sentences for each faith. Put it into your revision folder. • http://prezi.com/giellak2-jrn/edit/#10_1391846


Christianity And Drugs

Hinduism And Drugs

Accepts Drugs Opposes Drugs Because………..

Accepts Drugs Opposes Drugs Because…………

A Teaching

A Teaching

Judaism And Drugs

Islam And Drugs

Accepts Drugs Opposes Drugs Because………….

Accepts Drugs Opposes Drugs Because…………

A Teaching

A Teaching


‘Religious people should not take cannabis.’

Activation • • • •

Use the mind map Task One Record one Islamic teaching on drug use in your table Record one Christian teaching on drug use in your table

• Task 2 • – Circle any arguments that you could use in the exam question below: • ‘Religious people should not take cannabis.’ (8) • Task 3 – More ideas which sould help • Should religious people take drugs – The following is a Muslims view of why taking any form of drugs is wrong: • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LMyn75QeUk • Word Quiz.notebook


Demonstration • ‘Religious people should not take cannabis.’ Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have thought about more than one point of view. • (Total 8 marks)


Target: Evaluation of whether religious people should take cannabis

Levels of Response 0 Unsupported opinion or no relevant evaluation. 0 marks Level 1 Opinion supported by simple reason. 1-2 marks Level 2 Opinion supported by one elaborated reason or two or more simple reasons (for the same or for different points of view). 2-3 marks Level 3 Opinion supported by one well developed reason or two elaborated reasons (for the same or different points of view). 3-4 marks Level 4 Evidence of reasoned consideration of two different points of view, with reference to religion. 5-6 marks Level 5 A well-argued response, with evidence of reasoned consideration of two different points of view and clear reference to religion. 6-8 marks


How To Answer – An 8 mark answer requires approximately 15 minutes to answer. Some religious people believe that taking illegal drugs is wrong. Here are some reasons why smoking cannabis is frowned upon by the religious people……..

• Ensure you pick at least two faiths to refer to. If you can, use the key words below to show a higher level of understanding.

(Now give three reasons why they think smoking cannabis is a bad idea – Refer to a teaching) However, some religious people believer that smoking cannabis can be beneficial…………. (Now give three reasons why smoking cannabis is accepted – Refer to a teaching) In conclusion, I believe that religious people should/should not take drugs because…….

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Help Sheet Agree • Discouraged in most religious traditions • There is a strong link between crime and drugs • Cannabis can be a ‘gateway drug’ • Cannabis can cause mental problems in future life – • The body is not being respected. • Minds should be influenced by God not drugs • Cannabis use is illegal and religious people should obey the law.

Other views • Use is permitted, usually to aid meditation by Hindu holy men (Sadhus) and It is not considered addictive • It is less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco which many religions permit (for example – Jewish customs) • It can relieve some symptoms of illness e.g. multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease / aids • “I put you in charge” – Humans have free will


• Plenary • Mark another persons exam answer – Give it a mark out of 8. • Give that person a target. Think about: • What level of response did you give them? • What could they do to improve?


Extension • The following words are useful for students aiming to break into the A* category.


Christians and Drugs