The Little Refugee- By Anh Do (Children's Text) | refugee |

1.What could students learn from this resource? (VELS)


Students will identify the range of groups to which they, their family members as well as their class belong. Students will begin to think about environmental differences by observing the characteristics of different places. The differences and similarities between individuals and groups will become clear, such as their language and cultural groups, which come together to make up certain nations.

2. How and why the resource would be used in the classroom for HSE learning (Prep – Year 2)


This picture book will be able to express to students the privations and immigration process for Asian citizens. This concept is hard to grasp for older students, let alone students in grade 2, therefore it is a must that the story is read at a slow pace while the teacher frequently asks relating questions throughout, and making sure that no student is being left behind confused. To implement this, I would ask my students to sit on the floor while we read through the story together, and make a point to them to absorb the meaning of the pictures, as it will help them in beginning the thought process associated with the concepts played upon in this story. Also, as a part of this, the students and I would reflect on how the Asian perspective of living differs to ours in Australia and aid in the realising of how lucky they are to live in a safe environment with food security.

3. A brief description of how your resource/activity responds to an aspect or aspects of the readings for that week.


Welch(2009) states that “students develop intercultural understanding as they learn to understand themselves in relation to others” and that “students learn to respect and appreciate their own cultures and beliefs and those of others, and to engage with people of diverse cultures in ways that recognise differences and create connections between people.” These statements relate to my resource as the picture books provides students with a deeper understanding on Asian perspectives and the hardships of migration and will aid them in developing empathy and promote values such as harmony and acceptance. 

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