Supplemental Materials

Conflict in Iraq: Searching for Solutions


Conflict in Iraq: Searching for Solutions helps students understand one of the most pressing foreign policy problem facing the United States. Students explore the history of Iraq and the current conflict and engage in informed discussion about the U.S. role in Iraq today.

Online Resources from the Choices Program

National Standards: This unit addresses a range of national standards.

Graphic Organizers
You can use these graphic organizers to help students better understand the readings in Conflict in Iraq: Searching for Solutions.

Powerpoint: Maps of Iraq
Provinces, ethnoreligious groups, oil infrastructure, population density, and more.

Conflict in Iraq: Confronting Policy Alternatives
Developed in early 2007, this online resources and interactive lesson plan engages students in consideration of divergent policy alternatives concerning U.S. policy in Iraq today. This is the most recent in a series of interactive lesson plans that engages students in consideration of divergent policy alternatives concerning U.S. policy in Iraq today.

Crisis with Iraq: Options in Brief (2002-03)
In order to provide context to the current debate and help students to connect this discussion to the larger issues of U.S. foreign policy and the role of the United States in world affairs, teachers may wish to introduce students to the issue of Iraq as it was being discussed prior to the current war. See the "Options In Brief" for Crisis with Iraq. This resource was developed in fall 2002 and used extensively in the winter and spring of 2003. The complete options are available from the Teaching with the News Archives.

Note: The Choices Program has posted several previous online teaching resources on the issue of Iraq. Previous resources can be found in the Teaching with the News Archives.

Online Ballot: The U.S. Role in the World
This online ballot focuses on the overarching question of the role of the United States in the world. It provides an opportunity for students to express their beliefs and concerns after considering alternative views on a range of international issues. Reports are developed periodically and disseminated to elected officials and policymakers.

Multi Media

"Teaching the Iraq War" — Here and Now Interview [mp3 - 8:56 minutes] - Listen to an interview aired on NPR's Here and Now program.

Web Links

Global Policy Forum
Public opinion polls in Iraq gathered by the BBC, ABC, and NHK news programs.

Confronting Iraq: An Interactive Media Guide
An interactive media guide to the war. Includes timelines, maps, explanations of events and groups, photographs, and other resources.

NPR - The Partisans of Ali: A History of Shia Faith and Politics
This five-part radio series looks at the origins of the Sunni-Shia split in Islam, the religious and historical differences, how Iran became Shiite, and how conflicts involving Shiism have made an impact beyond the Middle East.

Council on Foreign Relations
Provides articles exploring and analyzing Iraq and U.S. policy there as well as Q&As about different aspects of the war.

Frontline: The Lost Year in Iraq
Includes interviews, an interactive timeline, and internal CPA documents and plans from the year when the CPA was in charge of Iraq. Online access to the full hour-long PBS special on this topic is also available.

Frontline: The Invasion of Iraq
Includes extensive interviews, a chronology, and links to documents and further reading. Also has video clips and photos.

BBC News Online
Provides interviews, news stories, analysis, and fact sheets on post-war Iraq.

Timeline: Iraq after Saddam
Provided by the BBC News Online.

Online NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (PBS)
Provides interviews and news stories on a range of issues related to post-war Iraq.

America at War: The Washington Post America at War includes "In Their Own Words" where veterans of the Iraq War recount their experiences, and "Faces of the Fallen" where U.S. service members who have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom are listed.

Related Unit Topics from the Choices Program

The U.S. Role in a Changing World is a one-week curriculum unit that helps students reflect on global changes, assess national priorities, and decide for themselves the role the United States should play in the world today. Readings include discussions of security, economy, environment, culture, and politics.


Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy is a one-week curriculum unit that addresses the issues arising from the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Students are drawn into consideration of the changing nature of terrorism, the motivations of terrorists, and the policy challenges for the United States.


Shifting Sands: Balancing U.S. Interests in the Middle East is a one-week curriculum unit that analyzes the mix of interests and values that have drawn America into the Middle East. The unit asks high school students to consider the principles and assumptions driving U.S. policies in the Middle East.


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