The activities in this guide are designed for college level Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, CulturalStudies, and Religious Studies courses. They may also be adapted and used as an introduction to Sikhism forhigh school students or general audiences.
Upon completion of the lesson, students will be able to:•Describe the basic tenets of Sikhism.•Examine the experiences of Sikhs in United States history.•Deﬁne the terms Sikhism, gurdwara, and Panj Kakars,•Explain the religious signiﬁcance of the Sikh turban. Additionally, the lesson facilitates exploration of these questions: What is Sikhism? What is it like to be Sikh orSikh American in the United States? What are some commonalities that Sikh Americans share through theiridentity and community? What are some differences?
This lesson can be taught before or after students have viewed the ﬁlm. However, we suggest completing thebrainstorming activity (Activity 1) before showing the ﬁlm whenever possible. If time is short, the short ﬁlm
TheSikh Religion: Beyond the Turban (10:25)
can substitute for a screening of the entire ﬁlm. If time is plentiful,you may wish to assign students to watch the entire ﬁlm plus the two short ﬁlms about Sikhism on the DVD,
The Sikh Religion: Beyond the Turban
Becoming American: The Journey of an Early Sikh Pioneer (10:43)
. These shorts will enhance students’ understanding of the Asian immigrant experience during the earlyhistory of the United States.