The majority of our students are probably not refugees, though I have had some refugees in my classes over the years. But all of our students are exposed to the current political discourse about refugees. It’s on the news every day, and it’s likely they are also hearing their parents, teachers, and possibly their friends talking about or debating the subject.
I think it’s really important that our students learn to think about this heated issue for themselves, not just rely on what they hear on TV or from people whose opinions were set long ago. Since most of our students are not and will never be refugees, how will they ever be able to begin to understand what the refugees face on a daily basis? How can we help our students understand where refugees have come from, and what challenges they face in moving to a new country where many people do not want them there?
How can our students begin to understand these huge issues? Through books, of course!
Podcast music “Let It Be Christmas” by Nicolai Heidlas is licensed under Creative Commons.
MIDDLE SCHOOL TITLES:
HIGH SCHOOL TITLES:
- Download Episode #8 show notes
- Official website for Outcasts United
- Author Name Pronunciation Guide from Teaching Books
You do not have to have a Teaching Books subscription to use the pronunciation guide. It’s free and available to everyone!
- Photo-essay on Baddawi Camp by Elena Fiddian Qasmiyeh
This is where I got my statistics and information on the history of Baddawi Camp in Lebanon.
- Lesson ideas for using The Whispering Town with older readers
- Lesson ideas for using Four Feet, Two Sandals with older readers