Activity Overview

Researching real people who practice Sikhism or key figures from Sikh 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 Sikhism and its followers. In this activity, students will create a biography poster for one person relating to Sikhism. 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 who practice Sikhism. 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 Sikh Figures in History

  • Guru Nanak
  • Guru Angad
  • Guru Amar Das
  • Guru Ram Das
  • Guru Arjan
  • Guru Hargobind
  • Guru Har Rai
  • Guru Har Krishna
  • Guru Tegh Bahadur
  • Guru Gobind Singh
  • Mai Bhago
  • Mata Khivi
  • Mata Sundari
  • Sophia Duleep Singh
  • Tara Singh
  • Sant Fateh Singh
  • Kabir

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Research a famous Sikh person past or present or a literary character that is related to Sikhism. Create a poster that includes important details and engaging imagery.

Student Instructions:

  1. Using school resources, conduct research on a character or person of significance past or present that is related to Sikhism. 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.

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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