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 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 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.
Created in partnership with Girl Rising, this teaching idea invites students to engage with the story of a young refugee and to consider the power of storytelling to spark empathy.
Inform students about the Trump administration’s family separation policy and help them emotionally process the human side of this news story.
This Teaching Idea uses images and firsthand accounts of Haitian migrants to humanize the events happening at the US–Mexico border and give shape and nuance to the news.
Use recent photographs to help students connect to the experiences of migrants and to better understand the scale of global migration.
Celebrate National Poetry Month with these teaching ideas that use poetry to help students grapple with the complexities of identity and inspire them to tell their own stories.
Help students understand how the United States’ complex asylum process works. Invite them to consider the question, who has an obligation to asylum seekers?