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In this lesson series, students will become aware of the history of the Middle East, including U.S. policy interests in the region, the history of colonialism and military conflict, and the current issues that impact the political, social, cultural, religious, economic and diplomatic landscapes. Students will be encouraged to discuss their views on these topics, to think outside-of-the-box, and even to formulate their own policy solutions to some of the ongoing conflicts involved.

Particular attention will be paid to:

• Iraq

• Iran

• Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

• Sunni/Shiite Divide,

• Lebanon, Hezbollah and Israel (including the military conflict in 2006)

• The role of Saudi Arabia in the region

• Other key players – including (but not limited to) Syria, Egypt, the Arab League, and OPEC

Middle East Lesson Plan Middle East Lesson Plan (59K) [download]

Gaining Background for the Graphic Novel Persepolis: A WebQuest on Iran

Persepolis Lesson Plan

ilile Persepolis Lesson Plan (scroll down)

Behind Persepolis: The Islamic Revolution

NYTimes lesson plan on Islamic Revolution (a lot of resources)

Lesson: Storyboarding Revolution

Pictures Tell the Story: Improving Comprehension With Persepolis

Persepolis: A Graphic Story of Childhood.

This website is an archive of book paintings–commonly known as Persian Miniatures–that were created to illustrate scenes from the Persian national epic, the Shahnama (the Book of Kings). The Shahnama is a poem of some 50,000 couplets that was composed by Abu’l Qasim Firdausi over a period of several decades in the late tenth and early eleventh centuries. The core of this archive is a fund of 277 illustrations from five illustrated manuscripts of the Shahnama that are housed in Princeton University’s Firestone Library and which were bequeathed to Princeton by Clara S. Peck and by Robert Garrett (Class of 1897). These manuscripts date from 1544 to 1674 AD, and vary a good deal both in the number and quality of paintings each contains, and in the scenes chosen for illustration.

In September 2001 when the world was in shock by the attacks on the World Trade Center, in another part of the world, in a peaceful and mountainside area of Iran, a retired and paralyzed soldier of Iran-Iraq war is struggling to bring peace to the world in a miraculous way. In order to accomplish this miracle, he relies on the support of his brother, who on the contrary has no faith in miracles.

Children’s Corner is a resource for children, parents, and teachers. Utilizing fun and informative pages and links, children and educators are exposed to stories, songs, art, and games creating a bridge to Iran’s past, present, and future. In addition, Children’s Corner has references for young adults and their teachers, including Iran Handbook: A Pre-Collegiate Guide. The Handbook is made up of nine sections focusing on Iran’s history and culture from geography to holidays, from history to cuisine. Iran Handbook is in English; most other material in “Children’s Corner,” including stories and poems, is in Persian.

Stories and Songs
Resources for Young Adults
Stories from the Shahnameh (Excerpts in Persian)
History of Iran for Young Adults (in Persian)

Amanda Christy Brown, The New York Times Learning Network
Kristin McGinn Mahoney , The New York Times Learning Network

Grades: 6-8, 9-12
Subjects: Current Events, Global History
Interdisciplinary Connections

Overview of Lesson Plan: In this lesson, students read an article exploring U.S.-Iran relations on the anniversary of the 30th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of 1979, research the events of that period, and write historical fiction based on photographs of Iran then and now.

Lesson Plan

De SBN ontwikkelde een lesplan aan de hand van het werk van Marjane Satrapi (Iran, 1969). Het is geschikt voor de onderbouw van de middelbare school, we beschikken over materiaal voor verschillende niveaus. De weergegeven versie is gebruikt op VMBO niveau. Klick hier voor het lesplan.


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