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The Little Refugee Unit of Work
Transcript of The Little Refugee Unit of Work
The Big Picture Issue
The big picture issue for this unit of work is Human Rights relating specifically to the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers.
The concepts which are valued throughout this unit are:
-Upholding the rights and dignity of all people
The Learning Centres
Six learning centres have been designed using revised blooms taxonomy and gardener's multiple intelligences. The activities at each learning centre havae been designed using analysing, evaluating and creating verbs resulting in higher order thinking activities.
The Chosen Book
Why is this important?
Not only is this issue important but it is also relevant to students lives. This issue is frequently depicted in the media because of Australia's treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.
This unit of work is an integrated unit of work. It primarily integrates English and HSIE outcomes, however also integrates some outcomes from mathematics, PDHPE, science and creative arts.
The Little Refugee Unit of Work
Youtube video outlining importance of this issue
The learning centres focus on either refugees or human rights. Some of the centres integrate both concepts together to outline the relationship between refugees and human rights
How the Learning Centres Link
At learning centre 3 students look at photographs of children from 3rd world nations. Students compare the images with their own lives and list the similarities and differences. This activity links to the big picture issue because it gets kids to look at the varying degrees that human rights are met in different areas of the world.
Learning Centre 3
At this learning centre students are required to read and view first hand accounts of refugees that outline why they came to Australia and how they got here. "The Little Refugee" is a good starting point for students. The students can then use this information to write a letter to the Prime Minister outlining the reasons why Australia should be assisting asylum seekers and not turning them away. This activity links to the big picture issue because it requires students to look at refugees specifically and how their human rights are violated for them to want to see asylum.
Learning Centre 5
At learning centre 1 students create and add to a 'Graffiti Wall' everything they have learnt or know about Human Rights and Refugees. This links to the bigger picture issue but assessing what preconceptions the students have as well as any misconceptions they may have on the topic.
Learning Centre 1
Learning Centre 4 requires students to work as a group to design and create a model of a refugee camp that meets the needs of the refugees and demonstrates the implementation of basic Human Rights. It must include accommodation, a commercial kitchen, medical centre and some kind of entertainment and then explain why they have designed it in this way. This activity links to the bigger picture issue because it requires students to look at the basic human rights they have learnt and apply it to the situation of building a refugee camp.
Learning Centre 4
The Little Refugee by Anh Do and Suzanne Do
The Little Refugee is a factual picture book based on the Author's (Anh Do) journey to Australia as a Vietnamese refugee. It is a simplified version of the author's memoirs that was specifically designed for children.
At learning centre 6, students will examine the environmental issues which contribute to individuals and their families seeking asylum. They will work collaboratively to rank given environmental factors in order of those which contribute the most, to those which contribute the least. Each factor will have a visual representation, which the students will physically order.
Learning Centre 6
At Learning Centre 2, students are required to think mathematically about the asylum-seeker population of Australia. They will use graph paper to create a scale-drawing of Australia, and with the help of a teachers aide, calculate the percentage of the Australian population that is made up of "boat people". They will shade the percentage on their scale drawing.
Learning Centre 2