Lesson 2

Lesson 2: Who is the Refugee? (Part 2)

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Essential Questions

  • What can be learned from stories of refugees and their choice to leave their home countries?
  • Are there connections between our personal family histories and the decisions people make today to become refugees?

In this lesson students will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities refugees face: deciding to leave their homes, taking risks on the journey to safety, and ending up in a new place with no way of knowing what their future will hold. Through their personal family trees, they will learn whether they have relatives or ancestors who also made journeys to America from other countries. After watching the CARE video, Special Delivery: Letters of Hope, they will be able to describe similarities between decisions made by WWII refugees and those made by today’s refugees.

Common Core Learning Standards
This program meets the following standards: