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The Refugee: Unit Plan
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The Refugee: Unit Plan


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Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Activity

About This Lesson

We are currently facing the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. Millions are fleeing conflict and persecution around the world, creating the highest level of migration in eighty years. The global displacement of people is complex and difficult to bring into classroom learning and discussions. These lesson plans offer a gateway to understanding these topics through stories of youth refugees, photos, and videos; enabling students to make a tangible connection to what it is like to be a refugee. Using a human rights-based approach, the activities, developed by educators, offer ways to better understand the crisis and challenges cultural narratives and prevailing prejudice and stereotypes against the world’s refugee population. The activities encourage empathy and invite students to reflect on the commonalities they share with their peers who are refugees. Students are introduced to human rights defenders, and provided tools for creating change in their communities and beyond. 

This unit was created in collaboration with Generation Human Rights, an organization that empowers and engages youth locally and globally to chart a world free from human rights abuse and genocide, through the development of multidisciplinary curricula and custom education programs.

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February 13, 2020
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February 13, 2020
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1 Reviews
There are some good topics and teaching materials here. Some lessons are incomplete. "Step 1: The instructor assumes the role of Refugee Camp Director. ... Step 4: The Refugee Camp Director instructs." Instructs what? The directions are unfinished. That's ok, there are still materials here that can allow the instructor to create a meaningful role playing activity. The suggested "work" for students or assessments for teachers are a bit simplistic: "Ask students to think about ..." "Students write a reflection about ..." "Ask each group to share its thoughts and feelings ..." Many high school students will not express much in the way of reflection, thoughts, or feelings, and so I found I had to create some writing prompts, worksheets, and other activities to go along with these lesson plans. This website had a nice activity on refugee stories that I also used during this unit: Overall, there are some pretty good material in this lesson that is pretty useful in teaching students about the global refugee situation.
April 15, 2021
Katie Gould
November 16, 2016