Voices of Iraqi Refugees

The stated goal of this resource is to provide learners with basic facts about and build empathy for Iraqi refugees. To do so elementary classes develop a plan for how to welcome refugees to their classroom. Middle schoolers read narratives and study images to develop an understanding of why Iraqis fled their homeland during the war that began in 2003. In order to understand the current humanitarian crisis in contemporary Iraq and to make connections between US foreign policy and its effects, high schoolers read personal accounts and watch interviews with refugees who recount their experiences. A very powerful resource.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research immigration statistics for the various migrant groups in their community
Classroom Considerations

  • The point of view expressed predates the 2016 US presidential election
  • Preview the entire 16-page packet to determine if appropriate to your learning situation and your community
  • The high school lesson contains disturbing and sensitive materials; therefore, research the kind of support services available on your campus and in your community
Pros

  • The 16-page packet includes three separate lesson plans, one for grades K–4, one for grades 5–8, and one for grades 9–12
  • Each lesson includes background information, images, activities, worksheets, and videos appropriate for the grade level
Cons

  • None