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Learners view videos, visit websites, and read about the nature and changes made to the idea of political asylum. Beginning with Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany, they will explore policy change throughout the years. The lesson culminates in a simulation of discussions regarding the tragedy of SS St. Louis. 
High schoolers consider asylum and refugee status. In this U.S. asylum lesson, students investigate the cases of Walter Polovchak and Elian Gonzalez. High schoolers then consider the case for asylum reform.
High schoolers watch the program, "Well-Founded Fear," and conduct a classroom debate regarding U.S. asylum policy and asylum status being eased in order to provide more refugees safe haven in the United States.
Students investigate various European political parties with anti-immigration agendas. They examine and write written reports concerning the party goals of exclusion or restriction of immigrants in their societies. Students present political immigration profiles to the class.
Students examine Haitian culture, including its discovery, colonization, and political and economic development. Role-playing in two ethnic groups, they caucus and develop strategies for the Haitian Revolution. In learning centers, students create Haitian meals, assess the religions, and survey immigration policies.
Twelfth graders examine the background of democratic and authoritative rule in Haiti. In pairs they conduct a simulated interview, reporting for a news station about the political, personal, and economical life in Haiti. They conduct Internet research, write their interview questions, and present a video presentation of their interview.
Eighth graders examine the history of South Carolina's mental institutions. In this South Carolina history lesson, 8th graders discover details about asylums built in the state in the 1800's. Students analyze primary sources about mental health care in the states and create timelines that feature the history of mental health care in the state.
High schoolers read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, define asylum and identify when people have the right to asylum. They examine specific cases of asylum in recent times and consider some of the difficulties refugees face.
Learners investigate the case of a German ship containing Jewish refugees seeking asylum from Nazi persecution in the late 1930s. They conduct Internet research, watch a video, and role-play passengers from the St. Louis on a simulated talk show.
Beginning with the experience of hearing that lockers in school will be taxed, through analysis of political cartoons and informational text, and culminating in a debate between loyalists and patriots, your class members will engage in a comprehensive review of the causes of the American Revolution.
Students discover the political and economical hardships of global refugees by researching the Internet. In this citizenship activity, students define the word refugee and discuss the difference between having an opinion on a matter or knowing a fact. Students write a short story about refugees based on their book and Internet research.
Fifth graders discover how reconstruction had an impact on racial issues in the United States. In this Reconstruction instructional activity, 5th graders are introduced to primary vs. secondary resources and then rotate through stations to view different examples of these resources.  Students then are placed in one group to become the "expert" who can then go back and teach their original group. 
Students take a closer look at the election of 2005. In this British politics instructional activity, students listen to a lecture about the 2005 campaign and active citizenship. Students then create collages and news boards about the election. Older students may even participate in a mock election.
Students study the plight of refugees and investigate the countries that offer them homes. They conduct an activity aimed at increasing their understanding of stereotypes.
Eleventh graders put a human face on the refugee experience to help them empathize. They are given an "virtual" introduction to Antonio, which gives students insights into the life of refugees in Canada and around the world. Pupils recognize the underlying causes of population displancement and (hypothetically) act on them, and to analyze Canda's refugee asylum system from a position empathy for the refugees.
Learners discuss the issues of immigrants who overstay their legal welcome. They explore the recent changes in immigration registration, and participate in a roundtable discussion.
Students read background information on the people of Kurdistan and explore the geographical, political and ethnic history of the region. They participate in a debate where they role-play various points of view in the conflict.
Students investigate, examine and explore the concept of migration, reasons for migration and interpret and represent population data dealing with migration. They become aware of the current issues concerning asylum seekers and refugees.
Students investigate the concept of mass migration and conduct research using a variety of resources. The information is used in order to create letters written from the perspective of a person who may have migrated during the time period.
Learners explore how Madeleine Albright made history by becoming the first female American secretary of state. This tough, talented and determined woman has had an unusual life that has well prepared her for her job.

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