English I KUD

The Background

Students were preparing to read Persepolis and needed background information on Iran and the Iranian Revolution. This lesson took place at the very beginning of the unit.

The Goals

RI.9-10.1 - Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

W.9-10.7 - Conduct short research projects to answer a question.

SL.9-10.1 - Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.


Students were assigned a topic related to Persepolis. They conducted research to answer the question in bullet-point format. They documented their sources in MLA format. They were given class time to complete the research. This portion of the process was done individually.


Students took the research they conducted and constructed a plan for teaching a small group, including summarizing information into main ideas and supporting details. They decided on important dates and key players they wanted the group to know about. This step of the information asked them to synthesize what they had learned into a plan for peer delivery. Students then were grouped homogeneously by topic. They collaborated with their peers and created a plan as a group for re-delivery.


Students were jigsawed into groups of 5 and taught each other about their topics. The students who were learning filled out a graphic organizer with notes. Then as a group, the students created a timeline of events that led up to Persepolis.

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