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Refugee Stories: An Ongoing Social Studies Class

Andrea Dalland, M.Ed, MLS
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(105)
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.

Class experience

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 Offered
There 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.
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Learners will not need any materials for this class unless they would like to take notes. 
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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.*

Meet the teacher

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(105)
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... 
Group Class


1x per week
25 min

Live video meetings
Ages 13-16
3-6 learners per class

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