Instructional Video

Iran's Revolutions: Crash Course World History 226

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The 1979 Iranian Revolution changed the identity of Iran, and in many ways, the Middle East as a whole. High schoolers learn more about the Persian region, history, and government in a brief but explanatory video from Crash Course World History.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign the video for homework after a discussion about Iranian history
  • Show news clips from 1978 and 1979 about the beginnings of the revolution, particularly about the Iran Hostage Crisis
  • Arrange a viewing of the film Persepolis (2007) or project samples from Marjane Satrapi's comic strip
Classroom Considerations
  • Addresses the past few centuries of Persian history, but focuses on twentieth century Iran and its history of political upheaval
  • Helpful if learners have prior knowledge of Iran and the events leading to the 1979 revolution
  • Comment section contains strongly worded opinions; consider showing the video in full screen to avoid showing the comments
  • Animation portrays protestors being shot
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Provides thoughtful depth and details to the basic knowledge high schoolers may have about Iran
  • Explains how Iran's government has changed since the revolution and its current place in modern politics
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