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This week's lesson plans introduce students to the process of resettlement for Syrian refugees around the world. The lessons feature reporting from grantee Robin Shulman in a cover story for the Washington Post Magazine and from Mark Johnson and Mark Hoffman for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Shulman covers the Canadian system that allows private sponsorship of Syrian refugees, while Johnson and Hoffman follow a Syrian doctor living in Wisconsin who leads a group of American volunteers to aid Syrian refugees in Jordan.
This week's News Bite lesson asks students to analyze how Robin Shulman balances her use of narrative and fact to tell the stories of Syrian refugees as they resettle in Canada. An extension activity asks students to use Shulman's reporting to develop their own persuasive letters advocating for programs to support Syrian refugees in their own communities.
This week's featured lesson explores the global refugee crisis and the issue of responsibility to the international community with a lesson plan that analyzes reporting by Mark Johnson and Mark Hoffman on the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Jordan. This lesson pushes students to think about an author's point of view, the purpose of their article, and how reporting uses rhetoric to advance different aims.
Education News: Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School Student Reporting & Photography is Up!
Last month, fifth graders from Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School took notebooks, cameras and skills they developed with inspiration from Paul Salopek's Out of Eden Walk to interview passerby in Dupont Cirlce in an exercise of "slow journalism."
The students were participating in a three-day workshop on slow journalism, which you can introduce to your own classroom using this lesson plan.
If you are interested in hosting a reporting workshop at your school to explore using Pulitzer Center resources in your curriculum, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured Project of the Week: "Everyday Africa: A Photographer's Toolkit"
If you are interested in hosting a professional development at your school to explore using Pulitzer Center resources in your curriculum, please contact email@example.com.
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