Teaching about Refugees: Using Published Texts
There is now a wealth of published material, both factual and fiction, aimed at supporting learning about the refugee experience for children of all ages.
Some excellent fiction can lead children and young people to take the imaginative leap that is a necessary precursor of developing empathy.
Factual books, based around the lives of famous refugees, and/or country backgrounds and historical overviews, can also help set the context for the work, and help counter common myths regarding the causes of flight.
When working with fiction, many of the ideas listed in the section about working with testimonies are also suitable.
Included are some general ideas for work with two superb texts, The Colour of Home and Petar's Song, plus a detailed lesson plan for each text, provided by Carolyn Herbert from Westminster.
If you have any examples of work which you have successfully carried out based on these or similar texts, and which you think would be helpful for colleagues to share, please contact us.
Other Resources: click below for downloadable resources
- Carly's Journey
- The Lion King
- Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
- The Colour of Home ideas
- The Colour of Home activity
- Petar's Song ideas
- Petar's Song activity
- A Welcome Experience
- A Welcome Experience order form
- Working with Testimonies
- Children's Poems