The Iranian Revolution Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan will aid in helping students to better understand the Iranian Revolution with a quiz, key terms, discussion topics and questions, an activity and extension.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • identify the key individuals involved in the Iranian Revolution
  • understand how the Iranian Revolution unfolded
  • describe the consequences of the Iranian Revolution for the Iranian people


1 - 1.5 hours


Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


  • Cold War
  • Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi
  • Ayatollah
  • Ruhollah Khomeini
  • Islamic Republic of Iran


Warm Up

  • To gauge prior knowledge of the subject, ask:
    • What was the Cold War?
    • Who is an Ayatollah?


  • Write the key vocabulary on the board.
  • Pass out a handout with the text of the lesson on the Iranian Revolution of 1979: Definition, Causes & Facts.
  • Read it as a class, having students:
    • Write down any questions they have.
    • Attempt to define, in their own words, all bold terms.
  • After the reading, discuss:
    • When did the Iranian Revolution Occur?
    • What factor precipitated the Iranian Revolution?
    • Whom did the Iranian Revolution topple?
    • What kind of government came to power after the Iranian Revolution?
  • Pass out photos from the time of the Shah and the current Islamic Republic of Iran. Students should compare/contrast the images and describe them in terms of what they see as to how people ate, dressed, and lived life then and now.

Vocabulary Activity

  • Now randomly select students to define the terms on the board in their own words. Write the definitions down next to the words.

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