Through pictures, provocative questions, group discussion, and video, students explore what a refugee is, what his or her life is like, and how people can help them feel welcome and get the tools they need to survive in a new home.
Two 50-Minute Sessions
The learner will:
Read the following background on refugees and the work of UNHCR
Students complete the "Pictures Tell a Story" worksheet (Handout One) to infer what the pictures are all about. Tell the students that this will give them a hint about what they will be learning about in this unit. After students write their sentences, the teacher leads a "group share" of students' ideas. The teacher should then inform students of the topic of the lesson: refugees.
As students fill in the "Want to Learn" section of the KWL, ask them to think about what interests them about refugees. Then encourage them to explore more deeply on their own. They may conduct research, contact a local nonprofit that assists refugees, and propose projects.
Students may ask at home about their own family heritage. They may hear stories of the experience of leaving or coming to another culture.
USA for UNHCR posters http://www.unrefugees.org/site/c.lfIQKSOwFqG/b.4803803/k.CDEB/Posters.htm
USA for UNHCR videos (To Be a Refugee) http://www.unrefugees.org/site/c.lfIQKSOwFqG/b.6330675/k.C4EA/Videos.htm
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