Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Subject:
Education, Social Science, Sociology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan
Level:
High School
Grade:
9, 10, 11, 12
Tags:
  • Community Influence
  • Epic
  • Erskine
  • Inclusion
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    US Welcome Wagon: Welcoming Refugees

    US Welcome Wagon: Welcoming Refugees

    Overview

    In this lesson, students investigate how one person can make a difference. They will examine Neil Gaiman’s crowdsourcing fan ideas to develop a poem supporting refugees.

    Students tap into their creativity to create a “welcome to the US” resource for refugees. The resource places the student in a mentor role to the refugee(s). It shares vital themes that refugees need to know/be able to do to thrive and succeed as a member of US society.

    Lesson Overview

    Please adapt the content to fit your students' abilities and interests.

    Introduction

    In this lesson, students investigate how one person can make a difference. They will examine Neil Gaiman’s crowdsourcing fan ideas to develop a poem supporting refugees.

    Students tap into their creativity to create a “welcome to the US” resource for refugees. The resource places the student in a mentor role to the refugee(s). It shares vital themes that refugees need to know/be able to do to thrive and succeed as a member of US society.

    Grades 9 - 12

    Objectives

    During this lesson, students will:

    • Examine fundraising impact when a celebrity supports the initiative.
    • Explain the privileges that come with being born in the US.
    • Assess essential knowledge required by refugees to acclimate to US life.

    Essential Questioning

    Students should be able to answer these questions by the end of this lesson:

    • What is a “welcome wagon?”
    • What does it mean to be a US citizen?

    Indiana Academic Standards

    Sociology S.2.4.

    • Identify American cultural values; explain how the US is a heterogeneous society.

    Ethnic ES1.3.

    • Students evaluate how society’s responses to different social identities lead to access and barriers for ethnic and racial groups in relation to various societal institutions, including but not limited to education, healthcare, government, and industry.
    • information and knowledge gained from the discussions.

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