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Refugee Stories: An Ongoing Social Studies Class
Andrea Dalland, M.Ed, MLS
This Social Studies class will teach stories of refugees from around the world and throughout history, the reasons people have had to flee their homes, where they've gone, and the challenges that met them in their new lands.
During this engaging class, we will take look into the lives of refugees. We will examine the reasons why various people around the world and at different periods of history have had to flee their homes. We'll discuss some of the challenges those people may have faced in their journey out of their homeland, and challenges faced in their new home. We will also consider the perspectives of various stakeholder groups. For example, how might a local, native population feel about large numbers of...
Through this course, students will gain knowledge about different global crises which have resulted in people having to flee their homes (for example, war, natural disaster, famine, etc.) We will discuss the challenges that arise for refugees and the reasons behind some of the prejudice or resistance they may meet from local populations, so as to consider multiple points of view. One primary aim of the class is to increase student understanding of the circumstances around why someone might need to leave their home, and to develop empathy for the challenges those people have faced. In turn, learners can develop a broader level of acceptance for those they encounter who may have different backgrounds or experiences, or who may seem like an "outsider."
I have twenty years of classroom teaching experience at the Upper Elementary/Key Stage 2 level. For my Bachelor's degree, I minored in Social Studies and I have a Master's in Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction. I am certified by the State of North Carolina to teach Social Studies from kindergarten through Grade 8 (UK Year 1 through 9). I have taught units on refugees/migration for three years in a classroom setting and have lived and traveled around the world.
Homework OfferedThere will not be any homework assigned during this class, but students may wish to do further research or reading on their own. During some weeks, videos will be posted for learners to watch on their own if they would like to learn more about the topic.
Learners will not need any materials for this class unless they would like to take notes.
Parents should be aware that some topics may be upsetting or disturbing for learners and ensure that their child is emotionally mature enough for the content of the class, although each topic will be presented in an age-appropriate way. Some elements of the refugee story which students may find upsetting and which may be included in our discussions include war, famine, natural disasters, death, hardships in traveling from one place to another, disease, racism, and discrimination.
*Please note this source list is for the first three weeks only. The list of sources will be updated as we work through the class.* https://www.britannica.com/biography/Albert-Einstein https://www.history.com/topics/inventions/albert-einstein#section_1 https://www.history.com/topics/immigration/irish-potato-famine https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/genealogy/irish-famine-refugees-america https://olympics.com/en/athletes/yusra-mardini https://www.unhcr.org/yusra-mardini.html
Meet the teacher
I love being a teacher and have wanted to be one for as long as I can remember! I now have 20 years of experience teaching elementary school and I hold two Master's degrees; one in Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction, and one in Library...
1x per week
Live video meetings
3-6 learners per class