#RefugeesWelcome Lesson Plan

Here's a glance at the lesson plan my colleague, Geoff Godfrey, and I have put together to address the banning of refugees and immigrants, that was enacted by Donald Trump over the weekend. 

Learning Target: I can engage in an informed discussion about Trump's decision to suspend admission of all refugees into the United Stares for 120 days. 

Guiding Questions: Is the suspension a violation of the law? Will this keep us safe from harm or engender the anger of extremists?

I. Am I Wrong for My Feelings?

This protocol can be found in Soundless Cries Don't Lead to Healing: A Critical Thinking Guide to Cultural Consciousness. I have placed a plain text screenshot of the worksheet, incase you do not have the book. Be sure to preview the learning target above before beginning this activity. 

II. Silent Social Media Gallery Walk

Post pictures, from social media, around the classroom. Silently, students will use sticky notes to write their thoughts, questions, and reactions to each picture. After the gallery walk, allow students to share thoughts as a whole class. This discussion shouldn't go beyond five minutes. There will be more time to have informed discussions later on in the lesson. 

III. Should I Choose a Side? Jigsaw Close Reading Time

Split students into groups of 4-6 depending on the size of the class. Each group will be given a folder with 4-6 articles. Students may chose the article they want to read, based on interest.

Trump's Executive Order on Immigration: What We Know and What We Don't 

Immigration Ban is Unlikely to Reduce a Terrorist Threat 

Malala Criticizes Trump for Closing the Door on Children Fleeing Violence

The Betrayal of Legal Immigrants Who Followed the Rules

Trump on Syrian Refugees
Pope Francis Just Called Out Trump For Being An Intolerant Racist - Awaiting Twitter Rant

This Veteran Just Perfectly Explained Why Trump's Refugee Ban Is So Awful

While reading, students should fill out the Should I Choose a Side? page from Soundless Cries Don't Lead to Healing. I have posted the plain text version, incase you do not have the book. After reading, students will share their responses with their group members. 

IV. Fear, Faith, Fix Dialogue Protocol 

After reading, prompt students to engage in an open discussion using the Fear, Faith, Fix protocol from Soundless Cries Don't Lead to Healing. I have included the plain text version incase you don't have the book. If this is your first time having a group discussion, you may want to use the Dialogue! Dialogue! Dialogue! questions to guide and norm the discussion. 

V. Debrief and Pre-plan

Return to the learning target and guiding questions above. Ask students:

What are some ways in which we can make a difference? 
What steps will we need implement in order to take action?

Homework - Searching for the Truth Never Ends 
Students should complete this page from Soundless Cries Don't Lead to Healing in order to monitor their own thinking. Tomorrow, anchor a list of the What I Still Want to Know section. Refer back to their questions as a class throughout the duration of this issue. 

*For younger grades, use one of these fiction books to discuss the impact of the war in Sudan with your students. This will help to build empathy, while students begin to contextualize the fact that children, just like them, are impacted by Trump's decision. 

**I will post pictures and videos of examples after my classes tomorrow!! Share yours too!


  1. Thank you so much for this rich and thoughtful lesson.

  2. Thanks for taking the time to discuss that, I really feel strongly about it and love learning more on that topic.You can also check https://nexter.org/ here for more information !


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