Issues of identity and belonging are inseparable from the experience of immigration. Stories of immigrants, past and present, illuminate the human lives behind the ever-shifting global landscape we inhabit today.
Students explore the link between name and identity in their own lives and those of their classmates.
Students study the unique and common challenges immigrants to the United States in the late 1800s faced and question what it means to become an American.
Students discover the complexities of Martha Sharp's rescue project by analyzing historical correspondences.
Students reflect on what "American" means to them and are introduced to the idea that the United States is the product of many individual voices and stories.
Students activate their thinking around being an upstander and their responsibility toward others in light of the Sharps' mission work in Czechoslovakia.
Students learn about the legal rights of refugees and then use poetry to develop a personal connection to the current global crisis.
Students are introduced to upstanders Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American minister and his wife who undertook a rescue mission to help save Jews and refugees fleeing Nazi occupation.
Students use videos and readings featuring US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power to develop a historical and human understanding of today’s global refugee crisis.
British-Somali poet Warsan Shire gives voice to the experiences of refugees in this poem about "home."
Poet Warsan Shire tells the story of a young Somali-born refugee in this poem from the film Brave Girl Rising.
Investigate the history of Muslim women wearing head coverings, and consider how the veil became a political symbol.
French writer Amin Maalouf describes the connection between violence and issues of identity and belonging.