Your Community Migration Story

Which is more important: understanding where you are from or understanding the world beyond that place?

Trick question.

In our increasingly interconnected world, it is becoming more and more important for our students to both understand their own community and how it connects and compares to a broader world.

An aerial view of a residential neighborhood in Charleston, WV. Photograph by Jodi Cobb.

An aerial view of a residential neighborhood in Charleston, WV.
Photograph by Jodi Cobb/National Geographic

A Community Migration Story: http://ow.ly/t30vB 

In the activity linked above, students have an opportunity to make these connections through three steps:

  1. Discussing community push and pull factors
  2. Interviewing community members who migrated
  3. Comparing and contrasting the push and pull factors of the interviewees

In some cases, interviewing community members outside of the classroom might be difficult. As an alternative, educators could invite a few speakers to the class. Parents of students may also be good examples of community migration, or even stories of past family migrations can spark conversation about the make-up of the students’ community today.

By mixing the familiar with the unfamiliar, students can start to make connections between what they experience everyday and the rest of the world. With these valuable connections, students will start their journey towards becoming successful and beneficial members of a global community.

By Rebecca Bice, National Geographic Education

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