Teacher resources and discussion guide
On December 18, 1990, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.
On December 4, 2000, the General Assembly established December 18 as International Migrants Day.
On September 19, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (NY Declaration), committing to strengthen and enhance ways to protect migrants and refugees.
Students watch one or all of the following films on the issues of immigration and migration, then consider the discussion questions and activities.
Two U.S. teens travel to the U.S.-Mexico border to explore the gray areas of governmental policies and human experience in this contested region.
This film explores the many sides and issues of the immigration system, a complex and controversial topic, and shows how these issues manifest locally, in Montgomery County, Maryland.
This film was produced for World Refugee Day, to publicise and spread awareness on HIAS' mission and values for the last 130 years.
2. Gray Areas explored the issue of the deportation of undocumented people to Mexico. What are the consequences of this policy? Do you know anyone who has been affected by deportation? Share their story with MY HERO. Consider filming an interview.
3. Madres y Familias and Veterans for Peace, two organizations in Mexico working to assist people affected by deportation, were featured in the film Gray Areas. Identify organizations in the United States assisting those individuals and families who have been affected by immigration policies.
4. Research the immigration policies today in the United States. Discuss the pros and cons of these policies. Do you feel strongly about this issue? How can you get involved?
5. When did your family immigrate to the United States? Interview relatives to learn about the members of your family who immigrated to the United States. What challenges did they face and how did they overcome them? Share their story with MY HERO. Consider filming interviews to create a video of your family's story to submit.
Students read the story and watch the film about Right to Play, an organization started by Norwegian Olympic Gold medalist speed-skater Johann Olav Koss that brings games and joy to refugee children in Africa. Then students consider the discussion questions and activities.
This story is in text with audio allowing students to listen as they read along - Great for ESL/EFL Students.
Olympian Johann Olav Koss embarked on a remarkable journey to use sports to improve the lives of African children.
Students read the story and watch the film to learn about Chukou Thoa. He started the National Hmong American Farmers to assist a community of farmers, originally made up of refugees from Laos after the Vietnam War, who were being discriminated against. Students then consider the discussion questions and activities.
The short film "CHUKOU THAO" is a finalist in the "Professional Portraits of Organizations" category in the 8th annual MY HERO Film Festival.
Students read the following stories about refugee and migrant heroes, and those who have helped people in these situations, before considering the discussion questions and activities.
Two stories are available in text and audio allowing students the opportunity to listen as they read along.
Great for ESL and EFL Students
Budi and Peggy Soehardi Roslin Orphanage provides a loving home to care for displaced and orphaned children in East Timor.
"To live a visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable... But I have only touched it, just touched it." -Dorothea Lange
Great for ESL/EFL Students
These two stories are available in text with audio so students can listen as they read along.
Judith Ann Mayotte is a former Catholic nun, television producer and humanitarian who wrote "Disposable People? The Plight of Refugees" in 1992.
2. Dorothea Lange is a photojournalist who documented the lives of sharecroppers, displaced farm families and migrant workers in the United States during the Depression. Research her photographs. Which ones do you feel a reaction to? Discuss the story Lange was telling by these photographs.
3. Chukou Thao created the National Hmong American Farmers organization to assist farmers who originally came from Laos after the Vietnam War as refugees and were being discriminated against. What other organizations work to help refugees in the United States? Share their story with MY HERO.
4. Cesar Chavez fought for the rights of migrant farm workers. Who today is working to improve and protect migrant workers. Share his or her story with MY HERO.
5. Judith Ann Mayotte overcame adversity and devoted her life to shining a light on the global refugee crisis. Do you know anyone who has overcome adversity and makes a positive difference in the world? Share his or her story with MY HERO.
Mural art, created as a cross-cultural activity, reveals the beauty in diversity and the stories that immigration brings to a community.
Students analyze the murals below and are encouraged to work together to create a mural that showcases the heritage of where they live or their families to submit to the MY HERO Gallery.
The International Migrant Day lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
How to use MY HERO's Create Program to Publish Stories, Art, Film and Audio for Students
Tutorial for students: Publish written stories, film, original artwork and audio in MY HERO's multimedia library.
Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.
Submit your artwork to be entered in the MY HERO art contest or to be exhibited on our Gallery Homepage.
Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.
UN Refugee Agency (aka UN High Commissioner for Refugees) Official Website
UN Refugee Agency (aka UN High Commissioner for Refugees) was established in 1950 after WWII, and continues to protect and assist refugees around the world.
What would a day without migrants look like? Contrary to popular belief, migrants play an important part of the economy. Check out these stories from migrants on I Am a Migrant.
UN Event Page for International Migrants Day
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Committee dedicated to Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons
Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Use the MY HERO Calendar in the Classroom
Organizer created on 10/28/2019 5:51:52 PM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 12/18/2020 2:35:45 PM by Laura Nietzer