Understanding the global refugee crisis and what it means to be a refugee:
Before beginning this novel study, conisder the meaning of the title. Have students explore a multimedia text set on the topic of what it means to be a refugee. This will give them the background knowledge needed to understand the situations in the novel on a much deeper level and make connections to real world events. Click on the images to open Google documents, then add them to your drive by making a copy.
Three interrelated stories of conflict:
The author, Alan Gratz, manages to weave together three narratives that span decades from the Jewish refugees in WWII, to the Cuban Raft Exodus in the 1990's, and finally connecting to the Syrian refugee crisis today.
First Course: "Close the door that brings the wind and relax."
Second Course: The Perils and Parallels of Indifference
Third Course: The Danger of a Single Story
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