Unit 11: Two White Houses - The Iran Hostage Crisis

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What should a president do when enemies take Americans hostage in a foreign revolution? Learners take a look at the dilemma through the eyes of Jimmy Carter during the Iran hostage crisis. Primary sources, analysis worksheets, and background details walk individuals through the tense episode and ask pupils to consider what they would do.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask scholars to consider what Carter had to juggle during the crisis with a jigsaw activity using the primary sources
  • Create a list of recommendations for Carter after examining the documents, then compare class recommendations to how the crisis ended
Classroom Considerations

  • Resource is 11th in a 19-part series called The President's Travels
Pros

  • Primary source documents are ready to use with supporting analysis worksheets
  • Background information makes the lesson plan easy to use and adapts to a variety of classroom settings
Cons

  • Lesson plan instructions are not clear