I’m teaching Refugee by Alan Gratz with one of my ELL classes and so it’s important that we spend time building background knowledge. This happens to be a class where none of them are coming from a refugee background, so the way I’m approaching this novel is different than I would have done in previous years when I have worked with students who are refugees.
We just started last week, but we are going to be doing a lot, a lot of background building for the novel. Most of my kids are either relatively new to the country and don’t have a strong background in what is normally taught in US schools, or relatively new to the country and relatively low-level linguistically in English, or both.
The facebook group I mentioned above had some GREAT resources to use for this book.
I also recently completed the Google educator training and learned some cool things. One of which is the idea of multimedia documents. This is basically where you out a variety of internet resources into a document to give to students directly or use yourself.
So, for this book, that’s what I’ve done. I’ve compiled all in the links and resources here in this handy document:
Please feel free to use it when teaching this book and I’m sharing it here. (You can’t click the hyperlinks above, it’s just a screenshot of the document in my google drive folder.)
I’m sharing the link instead of just posting them because I want to be able to continue to add to the document as I find more relevant things for background building for this novel.
Let me know what you think or if you have other resources for this book that I could add!
I’ve also finally added an additional post where I share some other during reading resources for this book.