Activity Overview

Researching real people who practice Islam or Muslim deities and legendary figures from Muslim texts and mythology help students to gain greater insight into this fascinating religion. It helps students go beyond simply memorizing facts to acquire a more substantial view of Islam and its followers. In this activity, students will create a biography poster for one person relating to Islam. Teachers can assign students a specific person or they may give students a choice.

These posters can be printed out, laminated, and hung around the room as a visual reminder of notable people from the time of Islam. Students can also present their posters to their classmates, sharing their knowledge about their person, thus combining research, writing and public speaking skills into one powerful assignment.

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Suggested Islamic Figures in History

  • Muhammad (570 – 632) *Please note that it is considered disrespectful to depict Muhammad, peace be upon him, and students and teachers should be very mindful of this.
  • Abu Jafar Muhammad (900 – 971)
  • Saladin (1137 – 1193)
  • Rumi (1207 – 1273)
  • Muhammad Ali Jinnah (1876 – 1948)
  • Malcolm X (1925 – 1965)
  • Muhammad Ali (1947 – 2016)
  • Shirin Ebadi ( 1947 – )
  • Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam (1948 – )
  • Mo Farrah (1983 – )
  • Malala Yousafzai (1997 – )

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Research a person past or present related to Islam. Create a poster that includes important details and engaging imagery.

Student Instructions:

  1. Using school resources, conduct research on a person of significance past or present that is related to Islam. Take notes using a graphic organizer.
  2. On the poster, include your person’s name and dates of birth, death (if applicable) and major accomplishments in sequence.
  3. Add appropriate scenes, characters and items to illustrate each cell.
  4. Save often.

Requirements: Person’s image, name, dates of birth/death, major accomplishments and images to enhance the poster.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Biographies

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/7] Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation


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