Middle School
Cross-Curricular

What Is a Refugee?

Refugees have always been a part of history. Today, there are a number of areas of conflict in the world that are creating a large number of refugees. Here are some resources to help you teach your students about the meaning of the word, "refugee," and some of the crisis areas.
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What Is a Refugee?
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    How to teach ... about refugees

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    Natalie Mroz says:
    This article explains some of the reasons to teach about refugees and how to go about doing that for various grade levels. Examining topics such as this can be very sensitive, so it's always helpful to seek out advice from others with experience teaching these topics. It is a good resource for teachers looking for ideas.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    The Syrian refugee crisis is explained with some basic facts that focus on the children and the issues facing them when they become refugees. Our students may have an easier time understanding some of the problems when they take a look at them through the eyes of another child.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    My friend, Bol Aweng, describes his life as a Lost Boy in this story. Bol talks about his escape from Sudan, his years in refugee camps, and his adjustment in the United States. He also shows how he uses his art to share his feelings about his experiences.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    This is a link to Anh Do's picture book detailing his story, which is a great companion to the video in number 8. Students can take another look at the life of a refugee in simple-to-understand language they can relate to.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    In this video Anh Do tells the story of his family and being a refugee from Vietnam. It is a powerful way for students to hear about a the refugee experience first hand and learn about his experiences with his family. It is a must-see addition to your unit on refugees.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    Add some excellent stories to your lessons with this listing of picture books with stories about refugees that are appropriate for use with students of any age.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    Help your students understand how difficult life as a refugee is with this lesson plan that simulates being a refugee. Students can also use the links to some great resources for further research on areas of the world where refugees are leaving.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    These are picture resources that show some of the basic facts about the refugees in a visual manner. This website also includes additional information on refugees and projects to help them.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    A set of three lessons using excerpts from the movie, God Grew Tired of Us that you can use in total or in part as needed based on your objectives. This is an excellent movie showing the situation in southern Sudan that led to the migration of thousands of children, called the Lost Boys and Girls. Lesson developed by National Geographic.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    Take a look at the current refugee crisis in South Sudan with an emphasis on the children at this website that also contains a wealth of information on refugees in general.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    This is an excellent video describing the differences between a refugee, migrant, and asylum seekers. It also contains general background information on refugees which can be used as an introduction to the topic.