Refugees in Today's Society

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
6
7
8
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Global
Focus Question 

 What are the present world events that are producing refugees? What sector(s) of society is responsible to address issues experienced by refugees? 

 

Photo Credit:  11.Immigrant.March1.WDC.1may06 by Elvert Barnes is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Students identify the differences between refugees and other migrants, and the challenges refugees face in their daily lives. Analyzing The Universal Declaration of Human Rights offers the opportunity to explore concepts of enlighened self-interest and the common good. By using the Model United Nations format, they create plans that could potentially help refugees.

Service Experience 
Students research countries that produce refugees and those that receive refugees. They plan and implement a service project that addresses issues faced by refugees or other people in need.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Refugees in Today's Society
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

In this lesson learners define and discuss terms related to refugees and the common good. They explore the refugee experience and recognize some of the causes and effects of being a refugee. Analyzing The Universal Declaration of Human Rights gives learners the opportunity to explore basic human rights and the concepts of enlighened self-interest and the common good.

Unit: 
Refugees in Today's Society
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

The learners will view a video and pictures to understand the plight of refugees. They will compare and contrast their own lives with those of refugee children. They will define the words philanthropy and empathy and brainstorm ideas for acting philanthropically to addess the issues faced by refugees or others in need.

Unit: 
Refugees in Today's Society
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students research and report on a country from which refugees originate or countries that provided sanctuary for refugees in a time of crisis. The report may be used as advocacy to raise awareness and support for refugees. Students may design and carry out a service project that addresses the needs of refugees.