Worksheet - Bibliography/Resources
EPISODE 38: King of Hearts:
Dreams of a Shepherd Boy
Directed byLindalee Tracey
King of Hearts: Dreams of
a Shepherd Boy, traces
the remarkable life of Tofy Mussivand, from his humble beginnings as a
shepherd boy born in a Kurdish village in the North Mountains of Iran.
His love and capacity to learn led him far from this village to the University
of Teheran, and in 1965, via a scholarship, to the University of Alberta.
Today, Dr. Tofy Mussivand is one of the world's leading experts on artificial
heart technology. As a boy, he dared to dream of changing the world; as
a man, he fulfilled his dream.
- Exploring how a man can
rise from very humble roots to become a world leader
- Examining the Kurdish people
within Iranian Society
- Exploring the developing
science of artificial organs
- Heart Transplant
- Artificial Organs
- To explore the plight of
the Kurdish people, as they wait for their homeland
- To examine how from humble
origins greatness can spring
- To learn about the development
of artificial organs
- To learn about the contributions
made by the Iranians to Canadian society
- Once you have learned about
the important functions of the heart and how it works, make a simple
model . Pretend this is a model for the first artificial heart, and
explain all the problems and difficulties you are facing in making it
fit in and work in somebody's body. How do you think Dr. Mussivand's
education as an engineer AND doctor served him as he worked on developing
the artificial heart.
- Dr. Tofy Mussivand came
from a small Kurdish village in the North of Iran. Who are the Kurdish
people? Why are they without a country? What do they consider as their
territory? Create a map showing this territory, and from this, explain
why so many countries think of the Kurds as threats to their nation.
List some of the other areas in the world where "peoples"
feel they should have their own homeland.
- Dr. Mussivand spent his
childhood as a shepherd. Imagine that you are living in the isolated,
remote hills of Kurdistan, looking after a flock of sheep, day in and
day out. Write a one-week diary, detailing how you spend your hours
(the good and the bad), what it looks like where you are, what you think
about all day, and what you dream of for your future.
- Dr. Mussivand downplays
the importance of his humble roots. None-the-less, he has come a long
way, like many other people who have overcome their personal hardships
and contributed something great to the world. Write an essay about someone
you know from your own cultural, ethnic or racial community who has
made a difference in the world, not just for what they did, but because
of who they are and what they had to overcome. Consider inviting one
of these special people to speak to your class to give an "inspirational"
talk about how they achieved what they did.
- The Kurds are one of many
people who want their own homeland to preserve their heritage, to live
with people who have the same culture, speak the same language, and
have the same "blood ties." In your classroom, debate whether
or not you believe all "peoples" (ethnic, racial or religious)
should have their own homeland, or live together in multicultural countries
like Canada (don't forget to talk about the oppression of minorities
in many countries). Also, consider many French Canadians' desire to
have their own country. Make contact with a classroom in Quebec, and
tell them about your discussions. Ask them what they think about the
questions you have debated.
- Artificial organs and organ
transplants are now able to save the lives of people who years ago would
have died. Investigate the history of artificial organs and organ transplants
in the last thirty-five years, and write a 500-750 word essay about
it, including the role Canada has played, if any. Include in your essay
a brief discussion about how some people these days are going to poor
countries, like India, to buy themselves life-saving organs (kidneys,
for example) from living people who desperately need money