Refugee by Alan Gratz Teaching Ideas

Refugee by Alan Gratz Teaching Ideas

Refugee by Alan Gratz is a book your students will beg to keep reading. Three stories are twined together. Told in alternating chapters, one story builds to a cliffhanger. The chapter ends leaving the reader on edge. The book continues with the next story, and [You guessed it.] builds to a cliffhanger. This repeated pattern continues throughout the novel making it a real page-turner.

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The three stories contain accurate details about three important events in history – Hitler’s Germany, Castro’s Cuba, and Assad’s Syria.


Waiting for months after a book is published for the paperback is often the norm. The paperback version of Refugee is available through the Scholastic Book Clubs September TAB flyer.

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Refugee by Alan Gratz

Refugee by Alan Gratz Activity #1 – The Book Trailer 

Scholastic makes great book trailers. This short video is no exception. First, show the short video. Next, students complete a chart based on the details provided in the video. Students will most likely need to watch the video a second time to catch all the details.

This is a great hook activity to build interest before starting the novel. Completing the chart will also help students remember the main characters, settings, and their biggest conflicts. With three stories, this can be confusing. 

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This free activity helps students compare the three main characters. It also gives you a sample of what the constructed response questions look like in the unit. In this activity, students answer four questions. What is the year? Where does the character live? Why must s/he leave? Where is s/he going?

Three files are provided.

This free activity for Refugee by Alan Gratz makes a great hook activity for the book. Students watch the book trailer from Scholastic and then complete the chart. Google Digital and printable versions are included in this download.Refugee by Alan Gratz Activity #2

BBC Activity - Syrian Journey

Try Syrian Escape Route. This SmartBoard activity was published by BBC. It allows students to make choices. —- What route should you take? How do you spend your money? What items do you take? —- The site also includes real stories of survivors.

Refugee by Alan Gratz Activity #3

If you would like to try out the Refugee Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:

  • Vocabulary Practice
  • Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-3 
  • Constructed Response Question for Chapters 1-3
  • Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks Like

Free Sample Printables from a novel study based on Alan Gratz's newest novel Refugee

Refugee Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook. Vocabulary, comprehension, constructed response writing, and skill practice are all included. Printable and Google Digital versions are available.

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