Us vs. Them

Unit of 4 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Arts Education
Issue Area: 
Focus Question 

“What groups do you identify with, and what groups do others identify with? What judgments would you hypothesize others make about your group and what judgments do you make about other groups?


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Unit Overview 

Sometimes people feel excluded by actual and implied barriers from others. Students discuss why fears and prejudices develop between groups and learn ways to overcome the barriers between groups by promoting discussion, raising awareness of others' POV, and taking action for the common good.

Service Experience 
The UN General Assembly has designated June 20 as "World Refugee Day." Learners will organize and execute a plan to raise awareness and funds for refugees.
Lessons in This Unit 
Us vs. Them
Lesson 4 of 4

Learners will describe problems of refugee populations around the world and human rights issues related to refugees. They will explain how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child act to protect human rights. Understanding that refugees exist on all populated continents, learners will have a wider understanding of the basic human need for dignity that all refugees feel.