After each group presents, students will read the article provided on the 1979 Iranian Revolution from Scholastic magazine; students may also read primary source documents such as newspaper articles and view video clips to increase the rigor for older students. Students are encouraged to annotate as they read. After completing the reading, students will write in their journals. In their journals, they will note where their predictions were incorrect. Students will also write a factual summary of the revolution. Students will write why they think they likely got the series of photos in an incorrect sequence. (Women wearing western-style clothing is often the last picture and women wearing hijab is often depicted first when in reality it is the reverse). As a recap, the teacher may wish to show John Greene’s video on this topic “John Green’s Crash Course Iranian Revolution“.
To engage students in higher level thinking, the teacher should lead students in a dialogue that asks students to make connections between this revolution and other revolutions; cause and effect relationships; and how this revolution ties into present-day issues related to terrorism.