This is a fantastic English Unit that focuses on Intercultural Understanding, Multicultural Education and Refugees.
INCLUDES 30 LESSONS!
Assessment Overviews provided
Onion Tears by Dianan Kidd
Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams & Doug Chayka
Song of the Mekong River by Na-mi Choi, retold by Joy Cowley
My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald & Freya Blackwood
Overview: We live a multicultural society where students from many different cultures need to live harmoniously together. A topical issue in Australia is the plight of refugees and their settlement. Many communities react in fear to the settlement of refugees simply because they are different.
This unit will teach our students about more than just tolerance. It will also teach students how to respond with kindness, compassion and inclusiveness towards others who may seem different. In order to develop tolerance, empathy and compassion, students will investigate both real life and fictional stories of refugee children and adults. Students will be encouraged to embrace their own and other people’s differences, while celebrate the things that make themselves and others unique.
As students study the texts (including a novel, picture books with mixed media and multimedia clips), they will discover what a refugee is, why refugees exist and how they can make people from other cultures feel welcome and valued in their communities. Throughout the stories used in this unit, students have a chance to develop empathy and understanding by walking in the shoes of refugees; right through from the difficult decision to leave their homeland to life in a refugee camp, and finally, through the difficulties of adapting to a new and foreign culture such as Australia.
The unit gives students opportunities to compose both persuasive and imaginative texts.