Objective: The book opens with descriptions of the primary setting and main characters. Nafisi uses sensory language to create a detailed image of that place and time. In Lesson #1, students will examine the setting of the story.
1) Class Discussion: Ask students to locate the country of Iran and the city of Tehran on a map or globe. If there is access to a cartographic map, examine the landscape of Iran. Compare the terrain of Tehran to the city in which the students live. Provide the information on the author available on the back of the book.
2) Class Activity: Create a KWL chart, with three columns, the first headed "What We Know (K)," the second with the heading "What We Want to Know (W)," and the third headed "What We Learned (L)." Have the students identify aspects of the setting for Nafisi's class that are present in the...
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