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Sixth-graders Step into the Shoes of Syrian Refugees

Megan Whitt, sixth-grade writing teacher and Middle and Upper School head librarian, recently asked her students to step into the shoes of Syrian refugees for a writing activity. To get a variety of perspectives of the life of a refugee, students read the book “Other Words for Home,” by Jasmine Warga, about a young girl who leaves encroaching violence in Syria for Cincinnati. Students also participated in a video activity with a “choose your own adventure” style. Students played the role of a Syrian person attempting to cross the border to Turkey. After the video, students imagined they were writing a text message to their mother from the perspective of a Syrian person.