Video Synopsis: Refugee-turned-immigrant Qadir Aware tells of an amazing journey and how, coming to America, he faced many challenges in his community. He was determined not to let those challenges get in his way, but instead committed to finding a way to overcome those challenges and in the process better his community and help others as they immigrate to America. Watch this video of an amazing man whose roots are steeped in a rich history of tradition but whose love for his adoptive country and the community he lives in inspired him to make his dream come true.
Suggested for: Traditional schools, alternative programs, youth groups, community centers
Suggested grade use: 5-12
Pre-video Discussion points: Time: 10 min 21st Century skills used: LIS-CT, LIS-CI, CS-CL
How would you describe community?
Who is part of your community?
What would you do if you found yourself living in a community where nobody looked like you or spoke your language? What would you do if people were afraid of you?
What comes to your mind when you think about the term “Kurdish Freedom Fighter”?
What do you think it would feel like to have to leave your extended family half a world away to give your wife and children a chance to live?
Who is a refugee?
What do you know about South Dakota? What do you know about Kurdistan? Is your state similar to South Dakota or Kurdistan? Do you have refugees in your community?
Post-video Discussion points: Time: 20 min + 21st Century skills: LIS-CT, LIS-CI, CS-HL
What do you think about Qadir?
How was Qadir treated when he arrived in South Dakota? Why do you think that is?
How do you think Qadir took what he experienced and made it a positive? Do you think he had other choices?
How do you think Qadir is making a difference?
Do you think you would have come up with the same project as Qadir?
What would you have done differently?
What problems do you feel Qadir is solving?
Would you consider their actions Kind actions? Why/Why not?
What is Qadir's community, who is in it?
Action: Time: 40 min 21st Century Skills: CS-CL, LIS-CT, LIS-CI
Define as a group what your community is and who is in it
Explore things that could be improved in your community.
Tip, this is accomplished best as a brainstorming session. One suggested method: Give each student a post-it-note pad and a pen. Depending on attention span provide 1-5 minutes for the students to write one idea on each sheet, not fleshed out, just concept. Encourage student to write as many ideas as come into their head. At 5 minutes, or when they stop writing, collect all of the notes and begin grouping them by sticking them on the wall. Create a separate line for each similar idea/category/theme. Have the group determine which line has the most suggestions and choose that as the area your group will explore to provide a solution.
After agreement has been reached discuss an activity/program/project the students can create to work on that problem.
Develop groups to tackle the different sections that need to be researched, designed, developed. Be sure to utilize all possible new media tools in the project design as appropriate.
Create Kindness based community action: 40 min 21st Century Skills: LCS, LIS-CT, LIS-CI, IMT-ML, IMT-T
Breakout into groups to do the groundwork for the class chosen activity.
ACTIVITY: Time determined by class
Post-activity: Time: 60 min 21st Century Skills: LCS, IMT
Be sure to capture a video or photographs of the students in action and have the students develop a blog entry utilizing video and photos to report their results and how the project made them feel. Submit to RAK!
Life lessons explored:
Connection to community
Community lessons explored:
Determining a need
Building from the ground up
Building a team
Service to others
Kindness lessons explored:
Care for another
Seeing past prejudice
Doing over and above the expected for another
Living with awareness of all in your community
21st Century Skills Explored: Life and Career Skills (LCS)
Initiative and Self Direction - Manage goals and time
Social and Cross-Cultural skills - work effectively in diverse teams, work w/people in a range of social and cultural backgrounds
Productivity and Accountability, manage projects, produce results
Leadership and Responsibility - guide and lead others, be responsible to others
Learning and Innovation Skills (LIS)
Critical thinking (LIS - CT)
Systems thinking - analyze how each part interacts to create the outcome
Make judgments through analysis, interpretation, reflection
Creativity and Innovation (LIS - CI)
use a wide range of ideas
create new ideas
be open and responsive to new ideas
understand the real world limits of adopting new ideas
Information, Media and Technology Skills (IMT)
Media Literacy (IMT - ML)
Create media products using appropriate tools and effectively communicate to a diverse audience
Technology (IMT - T)
Use technology as a tool to research, organize, communicate
Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes (CS)
Civic literacy (CS - CL)
Civic engagement as defined "Individual and collective action designed to identify and address issues of public concern." "Civic engagement", American Psychological Association. Retrieved 11/26/07
Global Awareness (CS-GA)
Using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues
Learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and community contexts
Understanding other nations and cultures, including the use of non-English languages
Basic video editing software
flip cameras or other basic video camera
Additional materials as required by students for their impact/kindness project
Time: Video watching: 10 min Discussion time: 40 min Group break-out: 60 min Community/Kindness project: Time determined by group and action chosen Report creation: 60 min
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