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unit 2
20 Instructional days (20 hours)

Finding Home: Refugees


Students read informational texts that convey the universal themes and experiences of refugees across various times and cultures. This study will draw students’ attention to the challenges refugees face when they are fleeing and finding home. As students continue to move through the novel, they will focus on how particular incidents move the story forward and reveal aspects of Ha’s character. Ha will be analyzed as a case study of a refugee who is faced with challenges that represent the universal refugee themes of fleeing and finding home.

For their mid-unit assessment, students will read an informational text and analyze one refugee’s experience of finding home. Unit 2 culminates in a formal literary analysis essay in which students will explain the significance of the novel’s title and how it relates to the universal refugee experience and the challenges Ha faces as a refugee.


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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 8 ELA Module 1, Unit 2. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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