Taking in Refugees

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.

Homework

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

Monday
Notebook catch up day
Tuesday
The evolving definition of ‘Refugee’
Wednesday
TBD
Thursday
TBD

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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Refugees Around the World, Day 2

Refugees Around the World, Day 2

Friday 3/2/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Describe the trend of Refugee growth over the past few decades
  2. Compare and contrast the refugee experience in two different countries

Do Now – 10 minutes

Please open your notebooks to page 24-25 and share your findings with your table mates. If you haven’t completed some of that work, take the time to do so now.

LESSON – 50 minutes

After we’ve all had a chance to complete and review the information we began exploring yesterday, we’re going to have a class discussion about some important questions…

  1. What stood outMaybe the overall refugee numbers in 2016? Or the recognition that the US is nowhere near the top of the list of countries that take in refugees. Or how about the fact that 1 out of every 6 people in Lebanon is a refugee? to you about what you learned?
  2. Why do you think Turkey, Pakistan and Lebanonhave so many refugeesIs it something to do with their government policies? Or their people's attitudes? Or maybe their location??
  3. 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??

Closing – 10 minutes

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

Homework

Please respond to the Basecamp message board item called “Homework: Thursday 3/1/17

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

Monday

Finishing up some Bill of RIghts work/discussion

Tuesday

Beginning to explore the human rights of refugees

Wednesday

We’re talking Refugees…

Thursday

TBD

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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Refugees Around the World

Refugees Around the World

Thursday 3/1/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Describe the trend of Refugee growth over the past few decades
  2. Compare and contrast the refugee experience in two different countries

Do Now – 5 minutes

Please open your notebooks to page 24 and write the following heading below the 3 ‘What would you take…” items:

Negative Messaging

Below the heading, please respond to the following prompt:

  • Many politicians and news agencies portray refugees as radicals…as people who pose a threat to Americans. How does that messaging impact you and me?

LESSON – 50 minutes

Today you’ll be working in small groups or individually – up to you. As the image(s) of the notebook below suggest, you have some set up work to do first. Please copy into your notebooks exactly what you see in the examples provided here.

 

Once you have this in your notebook, your job will be to complete the work, fill in the blanks, answer the questions, etc. You will use the website “The Refugee Project” to get this information.

Naturally, I’m here to answer questions if you have them, but you’ve also got your table mates as resources, so please lean on them as well.

Closing – 10 minutes

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

Homework

Please respond to the Basecamp message board item called “Homework: Thursday 3/1/17

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

Monday

Finishing up some Bill of RIghts work/discussion

Tuesday

Beginning to explore the human rights of refugees

Wednesday

We’re talking Refugees…

Thursday

TBD

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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What would you bring with you?

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.

Homework

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

Monday

Finishing up some Bill of RIghts work/discussion

Tuesday

Beginning to explore the human rights of refugees

Wednesday

We’re talking Refugees…

Thursday

TBD

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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Human Rights and Refugees

Human Rights and Refugees

Tuesday 2/27/18


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 – 2 minutes

Discuss with your table group the following prompt:

What is a refugee?

LESSON – 50 minutes

Today we’re beginning an exploration into the human rights of Refugees. It’s my personal opinion that the movement of people all over the globe is going to increase in the coming years. And whether these people are refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, or something else, human rights will remain a fundamentally important issue.

By exploring the rights of refugees, we’ll be better able to understand human rights from the perspective of others.

Introduction on Human Movement

Vocabulary
Before we get much deeper into this topic, let’s get clear on some definitions. Please write the following terms into your notebooks on page 23.

  • Refugee

    A person who cannot return to their own country because they would be at real risk of persecution or other serious human rights violations. Their situation is so perilous and intolerable at home that they have crossed national borders to seek safety. Precisely because it is too dangerous for them to return home, they need sanctuary and protection somewhere else.
  • Asylum

    Asylum is granted by a State to individuals who cannot be returned because they would be at risk of persecution or other serious human rights violations. Asylum encompasses a variety of elements, including non-refoulement, permission to remain on the territory of the asylum country, respect for human rights and eventually a long-term solution.
  • Asylum Seeker

    An asylum-seeker is an individual who is seeking international protection. An asylum-seeker is someone whose claim has not yet been finally decided on by the country in which he or she has submitted it. Not every asylum-seeker will ultimately be recognized as a refugee.
  • Internally Displaced Person

    Internally displaced persons are persons or groups of people who have been forced to leave their homes. They have left as a result of, or in order to avoid, the effects of armed conflicts, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights or natural or human-made disasters, and they have not crossed an international border.
  • Stateless Person

    A person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law”. In simple terms, this means that a stateless person does not have a nationality of any country. Some people are born stateless, but others become stateless.
  • Migrant

    A person who moves mainly to improve their lives by finding work, or in some cases for education, business or other reasons. Unlike refugees who cannot safely return home, migrants face no such impediment to return, even if there is a lack of economic development in their country of origin. Confusing refugees and migrants can have serious consequences for the lives and safety of both groups. We need to ensure that the human rights of migrants are respected and they are not unfairly treated and that individuals needing international protection, refugees, can access it.

We’ll discuss these as a group to ensure everyone has the definitions.

Closing – 0 minutes

No closing today

Homework

Please respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled Homework: Tuesday 2/27/18

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

Monday

Finishing up some Bill of RIghts work/discussion

Tuesday

Beginning to explore the human rights of refugees

Wednesday

TBD

Thursday

TBD

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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Bill of Rights Exploration

Bill of Rights Exploration

Monday 2/26/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Clearly explain their assigned Amendment(s)
  2. Engage in a thoughtful discussion around the 2nd Amendment

Do Now – 0 minutes

  • Notebooks open to page 22/23 & pencils at the ready
  • Bill of Rights Worksheet on desk
  • Talk to your table groups about what the BOR are, and what we were doing with them on Friday

LESSON – 45 minutes

Today we are continuing our work with the Bill of RIghts that was started on Friday. You’ll have the first 15 minutes to finish up putting your assigned Amendments in your own words (on the back of your worksheet), and then we’re going to have a group discussion about you findings.

We’ll be looking for connections to…

  • Human Rights
  • Current Events/issues that impact the world we’re living in today

Please tape this worksheet onto page 22 of your Notebooks.

Closing – 3 minutes

We’ll finish up with a quick look ahead, discussing how we’re going to explore the different ways people use what they’ve learned about human rights to engage in some action around the things that matter to them as individuals.

Homework

Please respond in the form of a comment to the Basecamp Message Board item titled “Homework: Monday 2/26/18”.

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

Monday

Continue our work with the Bill of Rights

Tuesday

Begin exploring some case studies of people turning their learning, and their passion, into action

Wednesday

TBD

Thursday

TBD

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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