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The Film – Children of Heaven

Children of Heaven is a contemporary Iranian film about families, compassion, moral responsibilities and issues of limited resources. This film, shot in and around Tehran, follows the lives of two siblings who are forced to share one pair of shoes after an unfortunate accident. Not wanting to burden their struggling parents, the children must work together and find a solution to deal with this significant loss. The film shows the inner strength we have when faced with adversity.

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Authors: John Egbert, Mari Haas, Pat McCarthy, Eileen Mattingly, Deenah Dunkelman Mollin, Sarah Rainsberger and Dede Sinclair

The Curriculum Guide – Available FREE

This interdisciplinary curriculum guide for educators based on the film “Children of Heaven” includes 10 lesson plans that cover math, science, language arts, social studies, media literacy, visual arts and specialty areas. It is available in both print and electronic versions.

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Lesson Plans

  1. Social Studies | The Islamic Republic of Iran
  2. Media Literacy | Viewing Children of Heaven
  3. Language/Visual Literacy | Understanding Children of Heaven
  4. Film-specific Cross-Cultural Understanding | Perspectives on Iranian Culture
  5. Social Studies | My Home is Tehran
  6. Media Literacy/Language Arts | Film as Storytelling
  7. General Cross-Cultural Understanding | Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes
  8. Mathematics | Keeping Secrets
  9. Science | Iran: The Land of Earthquakes
  10. Art | Persian Carpets

Additional themes explored through the guide are:

  • Social Economics
  • Iran as Land of Contrast
  • Middle East
  • Belief systems
  • Islam
  • Urban life
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Coming of age / responsibility
  • Iranian traditions and culture

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