Lesson plans

Teacher's Guide

Grade: 13-15 years old

Prerequisite Skills:

  • Familiarity with a text editor
  • Familiarity with a presentation program
  • Ability to conduct Internet research using Internet browsers


  • To develop a more nuanced understanding of Shirin Ebadi's fight for human rights
  • To strengthen research and analysis skills
  • To debate the topic of children's and women's rights
  • To use technology to explore complex issues

Time Allotted:

5 hours

How to Begin:

• Introduction and brain storming – as a teacher you must introduce the project and give an overview of The Nobel Peace Prize and Shirin Ebadi. Tell the students that their findings and conclusions shall be presented with a presentation program.

• Divide the rest of the class into thirds, with each third focusing on one of these aspects of Shirin Ebadis work:

  • Shirin Ebadi's fight for human rights
  • Shirin Ebadi's fight for women's rights and children's rights
  • Women's rights and children's rights in a world context

• Preview the Web links listed under Resources. Of course as a teacher , you can also add your own links.

• Launch the project with a class discussion about the definition of human rights. Encourage your students “dive” deeply into these very important political issues.

• The students present their projects and findings.


Amnesty International - Nobel Peace Prize press release

BBC - Profile: Shirin Ebadi

CBS - Nobel Peace Laureate Accepts Prize

CNN - Nobel winner slams war on terror

Human Rights Watch - Nobel Prize for Iranian activist welcomed

IranDokht - Remarkable woman

Iranian Children's Rights Society

Muslim news

Muslim Wake Up!

National Review Online - Celebrating Shirin Ebadi

Nobel Museum - Shirin Ebadi - Nobel Lecture

Sky News - Iranian wins peace prize

Time - She is very brave

The White House - Statement on Shirin Ebadi

Wikpedia - Encyclopedia

Student activity

Step A

Exploring Internett

What To Do: Use a web browser to visit the Web pages listed under resources.

Step B

Gathering Research

What To Do: Examine the links thoroughly and get a deep understanding of the issues relating human rights.

You can also use Google or another seach engine to search for more information. A  tip - a good starting point can be Wikipedia, a free-content encyclopedia in many languages. Seek for Shirin Ebadi and human rights.

Step C

Make the presentation

What To Do: Try to make a professional presentation with graphics, pictures and even video. If you unfamiliar with presentations, read 10 Tips for creating effective presentations.

Step D

Present the project as a group

What To Do: It is important that you present the project as a group work. Everyone in the group must be a contributor in the presentation. Try to avoid reading from a manus. If you can speak independent of a manus, the presentation most probably will be of greater interest for the audience.

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