The Rights of Migrants in the United States Lesson Plan: Fleeing for Your Life

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A role-playing scenario has middle-schoolers imagining that they are refugees forced to flee their community and integrate into a new one. Then, some play the roles of members of the new community and the class brainstorms ideas about how to help them become part of the community.

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Instructional Ideas

  • This is a contentious issue and not everyone may agree that accepting refugees into the community is a good idea; be sensitive to this possibility and use it to structure constructive debate
  • Expand by having the class investigate and discuss the recent political debate about allowing refugees from the Middle East into the United States
Classroom Considerations

  • On page two, the link to more lessons about immigrants is broken, but the correct link is: http://www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/energyofanation
  • If your class is large, come up with a few more identities to pass out
Pros

  • Role-playing can be an effective way of cultivating empathy for the plight of refugees
Cons

  • Doesn't try to explain the viewpoint of those who think it isn't a community's responsibility to accept refugees