The Anatomy of a Crisis
Rosalynn Carter: Law, Politics and Govt
Skill: High School/College
Time Required: At least two class periods
The Iran Hostage Crisis had an enormous impact on the election of 1980. In fact, many political analysts have asserted that it was perhaps the primary reason that Jimmy Carter lost the election. It was also one of the first acts of international terrorism against the United States by a Middle Eastern country.
Ask students what they know about the Iran Hostage Crisis. If the textbook addresses the Crisis, review that section. Tell students that, because this is one of the first acts of international terrorism against the United States, they are going to study it carefully and create a timeline of events. The teacher should decide whether the timeline would be created by each individual, in groups, or by the class as a whole. Regardless of how he/she decides, the following topics should be included: