Refugee Week Activities for KS3/4

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Aims and Objectives:

To explore and analyse the way we react to media accounts about refugees, and reflect upon:

•  How does this make us feel?

•  How would this make refugee young people feel?

Outcomes:

To produce their own front page of a newspaper, using language and images that reflect an increased awareness and empathy towards refugees and asylum seekers and why they come here.

 

Activities:

Activity 1:   Introduction: Who is a refugee?

(For background information for teachers - see Issue 2 of Race Equality Newsletter for Schools)

Reasons for becoming a refugee.   Students list as many reasons that they can think of. Compile class list, and discuss.

What does it feel like to be a refugee?

Resource A: Real life accounts by refugees.

Class read accounts by refugees, and discuss feelings experienced at different stages: leaving home - journey - arrival - new beginnings. Compile class list.

 

Activity 2:   Looking at Headlines

Resource B: Headlines: Press myths and facts. (this can be enlarged to A3)

Students read headlines, and facts. Discuss use of language in headlines, and affect this has on readers.

Discuss how they think reading these this would make young refugees in Britain feel?

Resource C:

This activity produced by Save the Children explores how media headlines affect young refugees and asylum-seekers in the UK and our attitudes towards them.

Activity 3:   Looking at images

Resource D: Distribute a range of photos of people from magazines and newspapers. Look at the photographs. Discuss: What is happening?   Where do you think this is? Who are they? What do they feel? What does the picture make you feel and think?

What do you think was the purpose of the photographer in choosing this image? What message is s/he trying to impart?

 

Resource E: Refugee photographs

Afghan boy holding dove

Somalis and US marines

Red cross worker and child

Child waiting

Look at the 4 photographs on the computer with class. Discuss: What is happening? Where do you think this is? Who are they? What do they feel? What does the picture make you feel and think?

What do you think was the purpose of the photographer in choosing this image? What message is s/he trying to impart?

 

Activity 4: Newspaper front page

Students use the information and ideas they have gained from previous activities to design a front page of a newspaper. Students choose their own content: eg explain why people become refugees, or celebrate the contribution refugees can make to UK society.

 

 

 

Further resources for refugee photographs:

Exile Images

 UNHCR Photogalleries

 


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