Everything you need to understand or teach Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer.
In Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, author Jon Krakauer attempts to help readers understand why religious people perform heinous acts of violence. This text focuses on Mormon fundamentalists, specifically Ron and Dan Lafferty. These brothers are responsible for the murder of their sister-in-law and their niece. The two do not deny their crime, but they claim they are justified in their actions because they believe the murders were ordered by God.
Krakauer presents the story of the Lafferty brothers woven around the framework of the history of the Mormon Church. This history begins with the church's conception by Joseph Smith, then traces its peoples' bloody and violent search for a place to put down roots. This church history not only gives readers information about the beliefs of the early Mormon Church, to which the Laffertys were trying to return, but also gives information...
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith Lesson Plans contain 135 pages of teaching material, including: