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Upon completion, students should be able to:
- define important terms related to Iranian history
- understand the importance various empires and people played in Iranian history
60-120 minutes without the activity
- Handouts of the following lessons (one per student):
- An unlabeled map of the world
- Images or videos of various ethnic groups, their customs, cultures, dress, etc.
- An unlabeled map of Iran
- Colored pencils
- Paper and art supplies for creating the visual timeline
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
- Project or show an unlabeled map of the world onto the screen.
- Ask your students:
- Where is Iran?
- Where was the Persian Empire?
- Pass out handouts of the following lesson's text:
- Read the lesson together as a class, then discuss:
- What language is spoken in Iran?
- What religion is practiced in Iran?
- Describe the Persian Empire and show where its various boundaries lay on a map
- Of what importance were the early caliphates to Iran's history?
- What was the Safavid Dynasty?
- Why was the CIA involved in Iran?
- Who or what is a Shah?
- Who was Ayatollah Khomeini?
- Answer any remaining questions before passing out handouts of the lesson:
- Read this together, then discuss:
- Fill in the blank: the majority of Iranians are _____.
- Show students images and/or videos of these various ethnic groups, their customs, cultures, dress, and so forth.
- Students should be given an unlabeled map of Iran and colored pencils. They should work in pairs or small teams of 3-4 to research and then map out the where Iran's various ethnic groups mentioned in this lesson predominantly reside using color coding.
- Each student should take the following quizzes as an in-class activity:
- Students should form groups of 3-4 after they've taken the quiz.
- They should correct each others' mistakes and explain why the correct answer is correct and the wrong answer is wrong.
Key Terms Activity
- Place the following terms up on the board:
- Persian Empire
- Umayyad Caliphate
- Abbasid Caliphate
- Safavid Dynasty
- Mohammad Mossaddegh
- Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
- Iranian Revolution
- Ayatollah Khomeini
- Have each student define the term in their own words. Then, select students at random to come up to the board to write and explain a definition of their own choosing (no repetitions allowed) to the class.
- Each student should create a visual timeline of Iran's history. Things to include:
- Lots of visual images for every point in the timeline
- Each student should present their timeline to the class.
- Hang the timelines up around the classroom.
- Each student should research and write about the importance of any specific time, person, or civilization that was critical to Iran's history.
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