Activity Overview

Holidays are incredibly significant in religion, and highlight stories, seasons, or other significant aspects of a religion. Many Sikh holidays celebrate important moments in their people's history. In this activity, students will create a spider map highlighting the major holidays celebrated by the Sikhs. They should describe the significance of each holiday and create an illustration to help summarize what it is and how it is practiced.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a spider map focusing on 3-5 different major holidays in Sikhism.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify at least three major Sikh holidays and write their name in the title box.
  3. For each cell write 1-3 sentence descriptions about each holiday explaining its significance.
  4. Create an illustration that represents each holiday using appropriate scenes, characters, symbols or items.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.

Requirements: Minimum of 3 cells showcasing different major holidays celebrated by Sikh people. Appropriate scenes to illustrate each cell. 1-3 sentence description for each cell demonstrating your understanding.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3] Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.


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Religious Holidays
Create a storyboard that identifies important holidays to a specific religion. Illustrate each holiday and write a short description that explains its significance.
Proficient Emerging Beginning Needs Improvement
Identification of Holiday
All holidays are correctly identified and are significant to the religion.
Most holidays are correctly identified.
Most significant holidays are missing, incomplete, or incorrect.
No holidays are correctly identified.
Descriptions accurately explain the holiday and highlight its significance.
Descriptions mostly accurately and explain the holidays' significance.
Descriptions contain inaccuracies in their explanations, or do not highlight the holidays' significance.
Descriptions are missing or too minimal to score.
Illustrations include appropriate scenes, characters and items that accurately represent the holiday and reflect time, effort, thought, and care.
Illustrations are mostly accurate and reflect time and effort.
Illustrations are somewhat inaccurate and show minimal effort, time, and care.
Illustrations are inaccurate or inappropriate and are missing too many elements or are too minimal to score.
English Conventions
There are no errors in spelling, grammar, or mechanics throughout the storyboard. All writing portions reflect careful proofreading.
There are a few errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics throughout the storyboard. All writing portions show accuracy and some proofreading.
There are several errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics throughout the storyboard. Most writing portions do not reflect proofreading or accuracy.
Errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics in writing portions of the storyboard seriously interfere with communication.

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