What would you bring with you?

Wednesday 2/28/18

Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Explain the differences between refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), asylum seekers and (regular or irregular) migrants;
  2. Describe the root causes of why people are displaced from their homes.

Do Now – 8 minutes

Today’s ‘Do Now’ requires a volunteer. Said volunteer gets a piece of candy…not to mention a chance to show what you know.

Your job is to simply read the below statements and put either  R or a M next to each, depending on whether you think it refers to a Refugee (R) or a Migrant (M).

  • Decide to travel abroad to visit family
  • Can return home with no immediate threat to them
  • It is too dangerous for them to return home to their own country
  • Decide to move to find work or seek education
  • Need sanctuary in another country as it is not safe for him or her to return to their country of origin
  • Fleeing armed conflict or persecution
  • Decide to move to improve their lives
  • Crossing national borders to seek safety from persecution or serious human rights violations

LESSON – 50 minutes

Alright, before we get too deep here, let’s talk about two of these terms we hear a lot.

Immigrant and Refugee

Does anybody ever hear about these two terms or groups of people in the news? If you had to characterize these news stories in a word or two, what would you say about them?

  • Good stories or bad?
  • Positive or negative?
  • Uplifting or depressing?

What are some of the consequences of that? If most of what we hear from politicians or in the media is negative – ILLEGAL immigrants, sneaking in to the country, taking our jobs, committing crime, or TERRORIST refugees coming to kill our people – what impact do those messages have? We’ll discuss this as a class.

What Would You Bring?

Make sense, right? Alright, turn your notebooks to page 24 and write the following title across the top…

What 3 things would you take?

And put numbers 1 through 3 below it, each on their own line.

Okay, you’ve got 60 seconds to decide what 3 things you’d take with you if, for some reason, you were forced to leave your home. Be specific. We’ll hear from a few of you to see what you chose.

Finally, we’ll look at what some real refugees chose to bring with them when they were faced with the very difficult reality of fleeing their homes. We’ll read through this article together.


Closing – 5 minutes

Finish off by going back to your list of 3 things, and explain why you chose those items. As always, use precise language and justify your decisions with sound reasoning.


Let’s take a break from homework for a day, eh?

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


Finishing up some Bill of RIghts work/discussion


Beginning to explore the human rights of refugees


We’re talking 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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