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International Formum on Iran's Nuclear Program
Students are explained that they are going to participate in an international forum to develop a policy addressing Iran's nuclear program. They are divided into six groups of the six countries represented. Pupils develop their policies.
Decoding US Foreign Policy: The Iran-Contra Affair
This is a really good lesson. Learners explore US Foreign Policy, the Reagan Administration, and the Iran-Contra Affair through various documents and readers theater. Worksheets, script, and web links are all included. Teaching can't get any easier than this.
Modern Iran (1951 - Today)
Introduce your class to the often-mysterious world of Iran in this informative and engaging presentation. With political, social, and religious upheavals, Iran's recent history is a hot topic in recent news - as is its future. After this presentation and the discussion that will follow, your class will have a strong context for the stormy relationship between Iran, its neighbors, and the United States.
The Whole World is Watching: Iran, 2009
Young scholars study the impact of social media. In this Iranian election lesson, students examine the outcome of the 2009 election and the public protests that followed it. Young scholars determine how citizen journalism informed people around the world about the event and protests when mainstream media outlets were barred by Iran.
A great way to learn to understand people and their environment is to study their folktales. Stories from China, Vietnam, India, Iran, Persia, and Palestine offer an opportunity for readers to investigate the cultures of Asia. A list of suggested stories, activities, cross-curriculum, as well as school/home extensions, and assessments are included with the scripted plan.
Coup to Revolution: U.S. foreign Policy in Iran
Pupils read and discuss the Iran country Profile from the CIA World Factbook. They describe the current relationship between the United States and Iran. Students complete additional readings, and answer questions about them. They compare/contrast the situations during the 1950's and the 1970's with regard to internal Iranian politics and U.S. foreign policy.
The U.S. and Iran: Confronting Policy Alternatives
Students examine the relationship between the United States and Iran. In this global issues lesson, students research policy options the U.S. can take regarding Iran's desire to build more nuclear weapons.
The Prospect of Democracy in Iran
Students investigate the Iranian presidential election of 2009. In this world affairs lesson, students explore the evidence of democratic values in Iran and consider how the public demonstrations following the elections were received by Iranian leaders as well as leaders of other nations.
Iran Hostage Crisis (1979-1981)
Eleventh graders explore the Iran Hostage Crisis. In this diplomacy instructional activity, 11th graders investigate how President Carter handled the crisis as they examine primary sources. Students analyze the information and make cases pertaining to how they would have advised the president in the crisis.
High schoolers read a passage outlining changes that occurred in Iran after WWII, particularly the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini. They answer 5 comprehension questions.
Iran's Role Certain
Students read an article about identifing the role of Iran in Iraq. As a class, they examine the truth behind intelligence reports coming from the government. They answer a series of questions and examine the cause and effects of these reports. They pretend they are an advisor to Nancy Pelosi and work together to write reports to her.
Young scholars explore how Iran's uranium enrichment-related activities has caused a rift between Russia, the United States, and Europe. They stage a mock summitt to discuss Iran's nuclear program.
Students read and analyze The New York Times news article "An Assessment Jars a Foreign Policy Debate About Iran." They answer comprehension questions, evaluate both sides of the debate, and write a one page report on the article.
Students examine the United States' response to suspected nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea by participating in a fishbowl discussion and writing letters to President Bush.
INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM
Students research Iran and their position on nuclear power.
Give Peace a Chance
Students read and discuss the 1979 occupation of the American Embassy in Iran. They research the nations that are believed to currently pose a threat of terrorism toward the United States and speculate on ways in which these nations' conflicts with the United States could be solved through non-violent means.
Nomads: Where Boundaries Move
Young scholars define the terms pastoralism and nomadic and explain what environmental factors lead people to maintain a pastoralist lifestyle. They examine the physical features of Mongolia, Tibet, and Iran.
Iran Hostage Crisis: Reading Primary Documents
Following brief instruction about the Iran Hostage Crisis during Jimmy Carter's presidency, small groups read three-page sections from the diary of hostage Robert C. Ode. They write editorials from the perspective of either U.S. citizens of Middle Eastern or other descent or a college student at the end of the 444-day crisis. Groups read each other's editorials and complete editorial question sheets. A rubric for the editorial piece is attached.
A Troubled Relationship
Young scholars discover information about Iran and Britain. In this current events lesson, students visit websites and listen to lectures to learn about Britain's Navy personnel that were taken hostage by Iran. Young scholars investigate the history between Britain and Iran and discuss their impressions of the conflict.
Greece and Iran: 1000-30 BCE
Cover 900 years of ancient law, wisdom, society, and conflict with this presentation on the development of Greece and Iran. Topics covered include Persian Empire, Imperial ideology, Persian Religion, Ancient Greek society, Polis, Athens, Sparta, and the struggle between Persia and Greece that led to Athenian Power. Use to supplement or enhance the next 900 years of history you need to teach.