- How can our past determine who we, as humans, become?
- In what ways can migration of a species affect the chance for survival?
- How have migrations of humans led to permanent change in the human race?
- How can the history of a species prevent change?
- Geography (Longitude, Latitude, 23rd Parallel, Map Skills)
- Explain how longitude and latitude are essential in a trek similar to Paul Salopek's.
- Analyze the significance of the 23rd Parallel to human origins and migration.
- Map migration and settlement conflicts.
- Compare and contrast primary and secondary sources of information about historical migrations of humans.
- Common Human Origins
- Identify varying accounts of human origins.
- Human Migration and Development (Causes, Effects, Connections to Current Migration and Development of Humans, Political Unrest)
- Compare and contrast the varying accounts of human origins.
- List and explain the causes of human migration and development.
- Identify and explain the effects of human migration and development.
- Make connections among historical human migrations and the current migrations and continued human development.
- Explain how religion relates to human migration.
- Environmental Changes (Causes, Effects, Natural Resources, Urbanization, Connections to Current Environmental Changes)
- Summarize the causes of environmental change.
- List and explain the effects of environmental changes.
- Analyze the way in which natural resources have influenced environmental changes.
- Explain how urbanization has influenced environmental changes.
- Make connections among historical climate changes and the current climate changes that are occurring.
- Political Influences on Human Migration and Development (Causes, Effects, Outcomes)
- Explain how politics throughout history have caused mass human migrations.
- Determine how political unrest affects human migration and development.
- Natural Science
- 23rd Parallel
Lesson Plan and Activities:
7. Debate: Both Sides of the Statement: "Migration of humans from the beginning of their time on Earth to modern day has had a profound effect on the Earth, its resources and people." Collaboratively, the students and teacher should create a rubric with criteria and descriptors for evaluating the debates.
- Collection of group discussion data on human migration and development.
- Charts, graphs, and data created on World Mapper or another such website to indicate migration of the earth's people in modern times.
- Summary of data collected on migration trends and conclusions shared on a class wiki.
- Multimedia posters that indicate the path of the walk "Out of Eden" to show students' skills in media literacy and the connection between content and media.
- Infographic demonstrating understanding and correlation between charts, graphs and data generated and collected in previous assessments or activities
- Digital Storytelling: Data with the list of questions for the interview and the spontaneous follow-up questions.
- Digital Storytelling: Audio or video media presentation of the interviews and information collected.
- Summary of discussions on blogs and explanation of possible solutions to the problem of massive migration of humans.
- Debate and evaluation of arguments on both sides of the statement, "Migration of humans from the beginning of their time on Earth to modern day has had a profound effect on the Earth, its resources and people."
- Backchannel log as a review and assessment tool to check for student understanding of the points made during the debate.
- Final Assessment: Written, digital, or photographic policy brief in which the students discuss the ethics, problems, and solutions of human migration, which is housed on a class wiki and could be shared at a symposium on migration.
- Google Maps gives insight to students' understanding of relationship between geographic location and global issues, historic and modern events or Paul Salopek's experiences and current news.
- Visual dictionary entries and quality of the entries.