Middle East
Teacher's Guide

April 19, 2000 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.

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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:

Abeja - Chardors, Pepsi, and the Great Satan: A History of Modern Iran

The team examines the events that led up to the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. Starting after WWI, they discuss the Pahlevi dynasty, the role of the Western powers such as Britain and the US, and the attempts to "Westernize" by Shah Reza Khan.

Much has been written - and debated! - about the American influence in other countries. For better or worse, the US has a way of assimilating itself into other cultures either through war, politics, consumerism, tourism and the media (including the internet). How do students feel about this? Can they think of times where a US presence has been good? What about bad?

Brian - Persepolis: Sacked, hacked, and packed
NOTE: Kids' Version Available

The team visits the ruins of Persepolis, a great ruin from the Achaemenian empire which was the summer palace for ruling Kings until it was destroyed in 330 BCE after occupation by Alexander the Great.

Brian wonders what will happen if New York City is dug up someday. What will society learn from the remains of this once-powerful (maybe still?) city? What will have been passed down within our own culture and within the world today? Have students discuss this idea, or relate it within the context of "rediscovering" their own city or town in 100 years time.

Monica - Visit to Kashan: At school at the Madrasť-yť Agha Bozorg

The team explores a former school in Kashan and discusses the historical importance of this city in central Iran.

What if students could have a "Wishing Well" or "Wishing Waterfall" on their campus like this dispatch refers to? Have students make a "Wish" for these four things: a) their school, b) their families, c) themselves, d) their futures. If you wish, make an actual box or well to put wishes in.

Monica - Visit to Kashan: At home at the Khan-ť Broujerdi

The team explores a house in Kashan and discusses the historical importance of this city in central Iran.

Have students visit one or more local monuments near their school and write a short history about them to present to class. Maybe divide into teams and assign different monuments to report on. All too often, we don't even know the history of our towns or what the monuments - that we pass by every day - represent.

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