Helping Refugees

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
9
10
11
12
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Media / Technology
Issue Area: 
Fairness
Focus Question 

What is life like for refugees, and how can we help them locally and globally?

 

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Unit Overview 

Students gain insight into what it means to be a refugee and the difficulties refugees face to survive. Students explore the role of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and produce a symposium on the work of UNHCR in a virtual online presentation or as a traditional presentation.

Service Experience 
Students advocate for refugees in a symposium. As an optional extension, they design and carry out a service project, such as a fundraiser, to address the needs of refugees.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Helping Refugees
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

Students share what they have learned about refugees and how to help them in a symposium format. Each small group selects a different subtopic related to refugees. They create and present a paper or speech for an event or website. They invite an audience and raise awareness about refugees and encourage people to take action. Optional: students and symposium participants may plan a service project as a result of the discussion.