Additional Lesson Idea

Showdown in Iran: "What it took to get this Story"

Given the heightened hostility and lack of diplomatic relations between the United States and Iran, U.S. journalists have limited access in Iran. Have students discover the unique challenges in producing FRONTLINE's Showdown with Iran at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/showdown/etc/notebook.html

Have students consider the following questions:

The Geography of Shia Islam

The Islamic Republic of Iran is a Shi'ite Muslim government. Considering that only 16 percent of the Muslim world is Shi'a, this is a remarkable fact. (Source: National Geographic) Access the interactive map at PBS Wide Angle http://www.pbs.org/wnet/wideangle/shows/iran/map.html and discover which countries have sizable Shia populations compared to their Sunni "neighborhood."

International Forum on Iran's Nuclear Program

In this PBS NewsHour lesson, students have the opportunity to evaluate international policy to address growing concern over Iran's potential nuclear program. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/lessonplans/world/iran_nuclear.html