Teaching About Iran

Teaching About IranIn this workshop, participants learned about the Green Movement in Iran and explored various forms of protest and political participation, including first-hand accounts by activists, youth, and scholars.

Green Movement at a Glance

This article details the Green Movement of Iran.

Iran: The Struggle for Change

This series of short articles discusses the role of different actors in the 2009 Green Revolution, including youth, women, and the media.

Iran: Who Holds the Power?

This interactive diagram illustrates the Iranian power structure and the roles of different players.

Iran’s Protests: Why Twitter is the Medium of the Movement

This article discusses how twitter influenced the 2009 Green Revolution.

Music Stirs the Embers of Protest in Iran

This article highlights the role that music has played in the revolution in Iran.  It explains creative ways in which artists and their followers share banned music and use it as a source of inspiration during the revolution.

Arab Spring 2011 and Green Movement of 2009 (audio)

Interviews with Danny Postel and Nader Hashemi, co-authors of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future.

Inside Iran (multimedia)

Locked in a struggle between repressive religious authority and open democratic reform, Iran finds itself at a historic crossroads.

Iran Through the Looking Glass (audio)

These podcasts, produced by the Choices Education Program at Brown University, bring university scholars into secondary level classrooms.

Iran’s Perilous Path (multimedia)

A multimedia story that chronicle the history of Iran through pictures, from Reza Shah Pahlavi to Ahmadinejad.

Iranian Green Wave Movement for Democracy and US Left’s Skepticism (audio)

Why were elections in Iran rigged? What Iranian Demonstrators want? Is the Green Wave in Iran another CIA staged colour revolution? for some answers tune into KBOO’s special talk show with Goudarz Eghtedari when he interviews Professors Hamid Dabashi and Kaveh Ehsany.

Iranian Protesters Mobilize on Social Media Websites

Social media web sites like Twitter and Facebook are playing an important role in political protests rippling through Iran. Margaret Warner speaks with experts about how such social networking sites are affecting Tehran’s political scene

Jason Jones: Behind the Veil (video)

A Daily Show segment with Jason Jones on Iran.

The Legacy of Nonviolent Movements in Iran (video)

This film takes a look into the two most recent mass movements in Iran’s history: the 1979 Revolution that brought the clerics to power, and the 2009 mass protests, known as the Green Movement, that threatened the foundation of the same clerical rule.

Once Upon a Time in Tehran (images)

Slideshow of past Iran.

Pictures of Iran (images)

Pictures of Iran organized by city.

psu logo edited Being Young in Iran: Kristine Bahareh Rabii and Monica Parisa Rabii

Video footage of presentation given at Middle East Studies Center Workshop, People, Power, and Protest: Iran.  In this  presentation, PSU students Kristine and Monica Rabii talk about what it’s like to be young in Iran.  View accompanying powerpoint slides here.

psu logo edited Children of Heaven: Discussion Questions

Discussion questions for the Iranian film Children of Heaven

Discovering Iran Through Journeys and Film

Materials for teaching the film “Children of Heaven”

Educational and Cultural Perspectives on Iran

These lesson plans provide activities and discussion questions to help students explore stereotypes and develop a framework for understanding cultural identity.  These lesson plans help students and teachers develop strategies to support multicultural students.

psu logo edited Life as an Iranian Teenager

by Lindsey Gillies (Iran-6th grade-Reading). In this lesson plan students read The Little Black Fish, an Iranian folktale, and create their own readers’ theater to learn about the lives of teenagers in Iran.

Navigating a Crisis

This powerpoint presentation provides a brief history of Iran and valuable resources for teaching about the country.

Persian Poetry Through the Ages

A guide to Persian poetry.

Physical Geography of Iran

A study guide for Iran’s geography.

Presentation #1: Introduction to Iran, Goudarz Eghtedari

Middle East Studies Center Teacher Workshop

Shirin Ebadi: Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Background reading for students and discussion questions about Shirin Ebadi, Iranian human rights activist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Prospect for Democracy in Iran

In this two-day lesson, students will analyze the unprecedented events after the June 12, 2009 presidential election on Iran. The lesson provides teachers with background information on Iran’s political history and level of democracy. Students make an in-depth examination of events after the election by viewing various news segments. Students will then discuss the details of the historic importance of the events and write an op/ed essay on the chances for substantial democratic reform as a result of the events surrounding the June12th election.

The U.S. and Iran: Confronting Policy Alternatives

A two-period lesson plan focuses on role-play and deliberation exploring four Policy Options concerning U.S. policy toward Iran today.

The Whole World is Watching: Iran 2009

In this two-day lesson, students will look at the phenomenon of citizen journalism and the role it played in Iran during massive public protests that followed the June 12, 2009 presidential election. They will examine how the use of Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are filling in the news void left after the Iranian government barred mainstream media coverage after the election. Students will take a critical look at the effectiveness and reliability of this new media on reporting the news and promoting political activism in Iran. They will then develop their own citizen journalism report. This lesson provides students ample background information on the historic roots of a free press and the use of citizen journalism.

psu logo edited Virtual Voyage to Iran

by Lisa Walker (Iran-7th grade-Social Studies).  This lesson introduces students to the life and culture of Iran by taking students on a virtual journey through the country.

psu logo edited Women in Islam

This lesson plan explores stereotypes of women in Islam.  Written by Claudia Werner.

psu logo edited Words and Images: Art of Iran

This art unit is intended to be taught collaboratively with a concurrent social studies unit, so that students are gaining
understandings of Iranian history and culture as they explore works made by artists of Iranian descent. Lessons 1-3 will
introduce students Iranian visual art, and in lessons 4-5, students will use words and images to succinctly communicate about their own culture and/or values.