Curriculum on the Refugee Experience

Curriculum on the Refugee Experience

Hi there-

In preparation for the 2017-18 school year, I’m looking for materials/tools to help teach my students about immigrants and refugees. Does anyone have anything they’ve personally used and found to be really effective? Specifically, elementary students, but I’d be interested in any K-12 materials!

Thank you! Matt Vermicki, Charlotte, NC


  1. Lisa Fontes August 2, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I would also like to recommend the children's book, I Speak English for My Mother by Muriel Stanek, in which a girl describes accompanying her mom to various appointments and generally helping her out with language. I think many immigrant children would see themselves in this book, and other children might understand a bit how the lives of some immigrant children differ from their own.

  2. Lisa Fontes August 2, 2017 at 8:48 am - Reply

    This isn't exactly what you are looking for, but this piece might be of interest to teachers and other school staff:

  3. BRYCS August 28, 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Hi Matt-For elementary age children, you may be interested in our highlighted resource list of children's books on the refugee/immigrant experience. We are always adding new resources to it! Best, BRYCS

  4. BRYCS August 28, 2017 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Thank you for both recommendations Lisa!

  5. breadslave November 6, 2017 at 11:04 am - Reply

    The wordless book "The Arrival" by Shaun Tan is excellent. I have never had a child who didn't love it or relate to it in some way. It is great for elementary kids, but especially useful for older students because it isn't 'babyish'.

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