Taking in Refugees

Tuesday 3/6/18

Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Define ‘Refugee’ and explain how the definition has changed over time
  2. Identify the specific human rights States are obligated to respect when refugees request asylum

Do Now – 5 minutes

  1. Please open your notebooks to page 26-27 and be prepared to work with a partner at your table to complete some work. You’ll need a computer between you.
  2. Talk to your group and come up with some answers to the following question –
    • Why do you think the top 3 origin countries of refugees in the US are China, Haiti and El SalvadorLocation? Culture? Government policies? Something else??

LESSON – 50 minutes

This week we have a few short days, so today, Wednesday and Thursday you’re going to get to do some work in pairs, and then on Friday we’ll talk as a class about what we learn.

We’ll start with a video and some questions.

Notebook Setup:

Before beginning, please open your notebooks to page 26. Write the following headline at the top:

Video: A Hallmark of Civilization

Then write the following questions below it, leaving 5 blank lines after each to allow room to answer. Please copy the format you see in the picture below.

  1. What was the initial definition of a refugee according to the 1951 Refugee Convention?
  2. How did the 1969 Africa Unity Convention change the definition of a Refugee?
  3. Why are Women and Children considered “Marginalized Groups”?
  4. What are the 4 key aspects of international protection for refugees?

Once your notebook is setup, please watch the video, and then answer the questions. Feel free to watch the video multiple times if needed to answer the questions in a comprehensive way.

Video Two:

After you’ve completed the video and questions above, you can get started on the next video.

As before, please set up your notebook first. On page 27, write the following headline at the top:

Refugees Have Rights

Again…Please copy the format you see in the picture below.

Once your notebook is set up, please watch the video. Instead of answering questions, though, I want you to listen for as many of the 30 human rights as you can identify, and write them down below the headline.

Start out NOT writing down numbers, because I don’t want them numbered “1, 2, 3, etc”. Instead, I want you to put the number of the human right you’ve identified. For example, if you hear them mention, and then write down “The right to food and shelter for all”, you’ll put #25 to the left of it. Even if it’s the first one you write down.

Feel free to watch the video multiple times if needed to ensure you identify a significant number of human rights. It’s fine to look the list of HRs in your notebook, or up at the posters on the wall, to get the correct numbers.

Closing – 10 minutes

We will finish off the class period by coming back together to discuss our findings.


Please respond to the Basecamp message board item called “Homework: Tuesday 3/6/18”

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’

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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