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Card 7 - Finding the Lost: A Study of African Refugees in Springfield

From the Models of Excellence Project Card Collection

Topic

Grade Level

9th Grade
Springfield Renaissance School
Springfield, MA

Freshman students in an urban high school engaged in a learning expedition on African geography and history that led to an investigation of African refugees in their city. This project involved students interviewing local refugees from Africa to celebrate their courage and their personal stories in a book.

Finding the Lost:  A Study of African Refugees in Springfield
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In the course of this learning expedition students worked with historians and college professors, and also visited religious institutions and met with religious leaders to try to make sense of how religious differences contributed to the refugee crisis. Students met with clergy in a mosque, a synagogue, a Buddhist temple and a Christian church.

In addition to the personal profiles of local refugees, the book included historical background, rap poems, and practical suggestions of how to help support new Americans.

Find out more about this project here.

Topic

Grade Level

9th Grade
Springfield Renaissance School
Springfield, MA

Freshman students in an urban high school engaged in a learning expedition on African geography and history that led to an investigation of African refugees in their city. This project involved students interviewing local refugees from Africa to celebrate their courage and their personal stories in a book.

Finding the Lost:  A Study of African Refugees in Springfield
Click on the image to learn more

In the course of this learning expedition students worked with historians and college professors, and also visited religious institutions and met with religious leaders to try to make sense of how religious differences contributed to the refugee crisis. Students met with clergy in a mosque, a synagogue, a Buddhist temple and a Christian church.

In addition to the personal profiles of local refugees, the book included historical background, rap poems, and practical suggestions of how to help support new Americans.

Find out more about this project here.