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The Doctors of the World charity is selling four Christmas cards with a difference. The cards show traditional Christmas scenes from the Holy Land with images of the war in Syria. The charity wants to make people aware of the suffering in Syria. One card shows Mary and Joseph in the rubble of war-torn Syria. Another shows the baby Jesus asleep as a missile is fired in the distance. The next card shows the three wise men looking up at a warplane. The charity's website said: "These images seek to remind the public that this year war has forced millions from their homes….By purchasing our cards, you are helping us to provide healthcare to the most vulnerable, and together we will [put back] a little of the most festive feeling of all – hope." The money from the cards will buy medicine and medical equipment. The UN says that 65 million people have left their homes because of violence and war.

Mr Jimenez

[READING] Christmas cards show nativity in war zone.

Grades: 9th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Subjects: Reading, Social Studies, Multilingual Learners

Student Instructions

You can use: video mic drawing note Skimming yes/no questions to do while reading: Doctors of the World is a private company. (Yes/No) This charity wants people to be aware of what is going on in Syria. (Yes/No) These Christmas cards are very typical (Yes/No) The money from the cards will let them improve some Syrian’s health. (Yes/No) The United Nations thinks war is a small problem. (Yes/No) Scanning questions: Why did Doctors of the World make these cards? How would you describe the images they selected for the cards? How can you explain what being a refugee means? Questions students answer by giving their personal opinions and arguments: Would you buy these Christmas cards? Why? Do you think they are going to make a lot of money or not? What would you do to raise money for the refugees?