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This comprehensive resource explores the conflict in Syria and the resulting refugee crisis. A range of effective tools have been included to help teachers address challenges in introducing students to this complex international crisis and its many disturbing elements.
The resource includes a detailed power point presentation, a number of powerful videos, compelling case studies and first-hand accounts and links to an impressive collection of supplementary information. These components offer great flexibility in how and where (in the curriculum) teachers choose to explore this issue. Study guides are provided to support student inquiries into the refugee crisis and other issues related to the war in Syria. The interactive nature of the materials will connect students intellectually and emotional to these events.
Although designed to be taught in real time during the height of the Syrian Refugee Crisis’s impact in Europe, this resource remains an exceptional lesson in modern history, global politics and social justice. It not only provides powerful and detailed insight into the ongoing refugee crisis around the world but encourages and supports students taking action based on what they have learned.
The highly interactive nature of the lessons combined with the quality of tools it offers will help students form a strong connection to this important issue.
The resource includes all of the necessary materials to complete the lessons and offers a substantial amount of supplementary information to support student inquiry.
The resource has a well developed action component.
These materials are appropriate for use in secondary classrooms and will effectively support outcomes in courses with units dealing with global/world issues, middle eastern & geopolitics, population/human migration, war and social justice.
The following tool will allow you to explore the relevant curriculum matches for this resource. To start, select a province listed below.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives||Satisfactory|
The resource does not support any one solution or political view but focuses on providing information and encouraging students to get involved. Discussion of the rationale of various refugee policies is limited.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives: |
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions||Satisfactory|
The resource focuses its attention on the social justice aspects of the war in Syria. The opportunity to incorporate the economic and environmental aspects at play is obvious and supported somewhat in the supplementary materials provided.
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions: |
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
Students are made well aware of the complex factors at play.
|Respects Complexity: |
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning||Very Good|
A key objective of the resource is to engage students in taking action in aid of the refugees. Steps are taken to show that students can make a difference and ideas are provided along with information and tools needed for successful implementation.
|Acting on Learning: |
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
|Values Education||Very Good|
The activities include numerous opportunities for students to reflect on and respond to what they are learning. The student guides to many of these activities require that students express in writing their own beliefs and values.
|Values Education: |
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans||Very Good|
The many first hand, highly graphic and often emotional insights provided will not only inform students but connect them emotionally to the plight of the refugees.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).|
|Personal Affinity with Earth||Poor/Not considered|
|Personal Affinity with Earth: |
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
Activities are included that place students in the footsteps of the refugees.
|Locally-Focused Learning: |
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future||Good|
Lessons and materials provided allow students to explore the timeline and circumstances that have lead to the conflict. While the current situation is described in detail, students are encouraged and empowered to take action towards a better future for the Syrian people.
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.|
The resource format allows students to explore the information provided and reach their own conclusions. The information is current, factual and accurate.
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
This resource will be of primary interest to teachers of social studies.
|Integrated Learning: |
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
The materials provided by the resource support guided inquiry.
|Inquiry Learning: |
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
The diversity of teaching materials & learning activities included will support of a variety of instructional approaches.
|Differentiated Instruction: |
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
Simulation activities are included. However the first-hand accounts of this major crisis and the emphasis on student action provide an especially authentic context for the learning.
|Experiential Learning: |
Authentic learning experiences are provided
|Cooperative Learning: |
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation||Good|
The study guides that compliment the various learning activities provide a number of different opportunities to assess student learning.
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.|
|Peer Teaching: |
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
|Case Studies||Very Good|
Many of the videos provide case studies that do an excellent job informing and connecting viewers to the issues.
|Case Studies: |
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control||Very Good|
The supplemental material offers an number of tools that will allow interested students to extend their learning about Syria and the refugee crisis beyond what is outlined in the study guides.
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.|