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Welcome to the New World Curriculum and Learning Guide
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Welcome to the New World Curriculum and Learning Guide


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“Welcome to the New World Curriculum and Learning Guide” teaches crucial and timely issues through the story of the Aldabaans, a real family of Syrian refugees who arrived in America on Election Day 2016. Journalist Jake Halpern shadowed them for four years and partnered with illustrator Michael Sloan to turn the family’s experiences first into a Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoon in The New York Times, then into the full-length graphic novel Welcome to the New World. 

In partnership with Halpern, The Immigrant Learning Center's Public Education Institute created a curriculum based on his graphic novel. The series of nine lessons, written for grades seven to 11, teaches students about refugees, the migrant experience, the Syrian Civil War, and other current issues. It also helps students learn how to interpret and analyze a graphic text. The lessons can be used collectively as a curriculum or as individual lesson plans. They can also be adapted for other grades. Worksheets, graphic organizers, resources and rubrics are included. Download individual worksheets for free here. For more resources about immigration, visit

This resource is great for your summer reading lists. Learn more about summer reading here.


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