PBS Learning Media. “A Refugee’s Story (Lesson Plan) Global Oneness Project.”

PBS Learning Media. “A Refugee's Story (Lesson Plan) Global Oneness Project.”

Students watch a 19-minute documentary that tells the story of Mohammed Alsaleh, a young Syrian refugee granted asylum in Canada in 2014, who now counsels newly arrived refugees. In this lesson, students explore through classroom discussions the themes of cultural displacement, human rights, and resilience. Reflective writing prompts are included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. Designed for Massachusetts Curriculum Standards. Grades 9 – 12

PBS Teachers Lounge. “Integrating the Refugee Crisis into Your Curriculum.”

PBS Teachers Lounge. “Integrating the Refugee Crisis into Your Curriculum.”

Materials center on the use of the 20-minute documentary ‘Welcome to Canada’ into the classroom. This short film highlights a young Syrian refugee, Mohammed Alsaleh, who was granted asylum in Canada. Mohammed now works to help resettle newly arrived refugees. Welcome to Canada, and its companion lesson plan, “A Refugee’s Story,” encourages students to explore the impact of immigration as well as the themes of cultural displacement, human rights, and resilience.

The Choices Program, Brown University. “Refugee Stories: Mapping a Crisis.”

The Choices Program, Brown University. “Refugee Stories: Mapping a Crisis.”

Students will explore the human geography of the current refugee crisis. They will employ provided data to create a map of the crisis. Examine refugee stories and use them to map their experiences.

And, consider challenges facing the international community and weigh responses to the crisis. Videos, primary sources, maps, discussion questions, and photographs are provided.

Facing History and Ourselves. “Understanding the Global Refugee Crisis.”

Facing History and Ourselves. “Understanding the Global Refugee Crisis.”

Teachers will find videos and a range of curriculum materials designed to provide ways to discuss the global refugee crisis. Students will gain a better understanding of the refugee crisis and what it means to be a refugee. They will reflect on the implications of the historical episode involving the St. Louis in 1939, particularly in relation to responses to the current refugee crisis. Students will consider the importance of “humanizing” those who otherwise seem distant and different from us.

The United Nations Refugee Agency. “Teaching About Refugees.”

The United Nations Refugee Agency. “Teaching About Refugees.”

With forced displacement reaching historic levels, schools all over the world are welcoming increasing numbers of refugee children. Teachers are facing new challenges in making sense of forced displacement and its complexities. Refugees and migrants regularly make headlines and the internet is bustling with information on the topic. Explaining the situation of refugees and migrants to primary and secondary school children has become part of many educators’ daily work. On this UNHCR Teaching About Refugees page you can find free-of-charge and adaptable UNHCR teaching materials on refugees, asylum, migration and statelessness and a section dedicated to professional development and guidance for primary and secondary school teachers on including refugee children in their classes.