Lesson plans for ages 15-18 in Language & Literature: The Depiction of Refugee Experience in Literature

Teaching Tools, 14 March 2007

LESSON 1: "Concerning the Label Emigrant" by Bertolt Brecht


Print copies of the text of Bertolt Brecht's poem Concerning the Label Emigrant and Misganaw Worknehe's short story All tomorrows are the same.
For full references, see the Unit Plan.

Ask the students to read about Bertolt Brecht in an encyclopaedia or from the internet.


To encourage dialogue and a free flow and exchange of ideas and opinions between the students, have them seated in a large circle. Give out copies of the poem at the beginning of the lesson.

The teacher or a talented student reader should read the poem aloud to the class.

The teacher may choose to handle the Comprehension questions verbally or as a written task.

Through the Discussion questions the students are encouraged to relate the perhaps rather remote experiences of German refugees from Nazism in 1933 to their own feelings. As the questions are deliberately personal, to draw out an empathic response from the students, the teacher should lead the discussion with tact and sensitivity.

The library research question provides a link to the next lesson.

Comprehension questions

Discussion questions