Refugees in Europe

Friday 3/9/18

Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Connect their learning to an issue the world is dealing with today
  2. Compare the Asylum policies of the US to other countries

Do Now – 5 minutes

  1. Please open your notebooks to page 28-29
  2. Respond to the following prompt on page 28…

In a paragraph or two, describe what you think the United State’s official policy is related to Refugees seeking asylum

LESSON – 50 minutes

Today we are going to extend our learning from the last few days related to international protections available to people seeking asylum. We watched some videos that explain what Refugees are, and what obligations countries are under related to how they treat refugees seeking asylum in their country.

So I have question. Why do you think there are all these resources online, and so many organizations dedicated to talking about and ensuring that refugees do, in fact, get these rights?

Well, my answer to that is pretty simple…because, while there are these international standards that countries have agreed to uphold around human rights, many still don’t ensure that people seeking the protection of these rights get them. In other words, millions of refugees around the world are STILL denied these rights.

Today we’ll read and annotate an article about migrants and refugees seeking access and asylum in Europe in order to dig into this very issue a bit. I’ll provide printed copies of the text for those in class.

Closing – 10 minutes

We’ll finish today by writing a summary of this article in our notebooks on page 29.


None tonight

The content and activities discussed on this post either come directly from, or were inspired by, the EdX course called “The Rights of Refugees“, which was created by Amnesty International.

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 human rights, prioritize among these rights, and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Apply understanding of human rights to new situations
  3. Demonstrate the ability to see the world from another person’s perspective
  4. Synthesize understanding about existing HRs, and about HRs issues in our community to develop new, relevant ideas that connect to our community

This Week’s Agenda

Notebook catch up day
The evolving definition of ‘Refugee’

Continue Tuesday’s work


Discuss the work from Tue/Wed


Digging into US policy on Refugees

Quote of the Week

“The time as we know it subjectively is often the chronology that stories and novels follow: it is the continuous thread of revelation.”

Eudora Welty


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