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Reflections and mapmaking

People learn best when they can express things in lots of different ways, use their imaginations, indulge their excitement and curiosity (see here for one educator’s take on this).  So, with that in mind, we will be synthesizing our understanding of the class into an “imaginary map-making” activity.


Imaginary Cartography! (Let’s make a map…)

MAP:  a diagrammatic representation of an area of land or sea showing physical features as well as cities, roads, etc.  (from Webster’s dictionary).

Imaginary maps delight. They distract. They reveal truths. They whisper secrets. They unsettle. They reassure. (Padron, 2007).

We have talked a lot about the world, and we have seen many maps of the world. Maps are a human construct to help us find our way. You and your group are now a team of cartographers of the imagination. You must draw an imaginary map of something related to your understanding of this class: Global Citizenship and Human Rights. You might want to make an imaginary map of a real place or a real map of an imaginary place. A map of Charlottesville, of a utopia, of humanity, of this class, of anything your group wants. Logic is forbidden! Creativity is required! Everything on your map must be a representation of a concept that has come up for you in this class.

Your map needs to have:

  • name places for every location
  • at least two bodies of water (e.g. river, ocean, lake)
  • at least one major city
  • at least three other towns or villages
  • a compass
  • a key
  • at least three other physical features apart from water (e.g. mountains, valleys, forests, fields, etc.)

Remember: everything on your map needs to represent something in some way! Your group will be in charge of explaining to the rest of the class.

Monday Sept. 23– National vs. Global Citizenship

Today we are going to look at different types of citizenship, focusing on national versus global citizenship. Let’s start with a definition:

Citizenship denotes the link between a person and a state or an association of states. It is normally synonymous with the term nationality although the latter term may also refer to ethnic connotations. Possession of citizenship is normally associated with the right to work and live in a country and to participate in political life.

In today’s  lesson plan HumanRightsandCitizenship we will start by taking a 15min survey.

We will then watch this short clip on national citizenship:

After watching this video all students will take a survey on national citizenship in order to explore what exactly it means. For anyone who cannot fill out the Google form, the Worksheet can be downloaded as a Word doc. After filling out the survey students will discuss their answers in small groups.

Next students will read the article Whats a World Passport? by Daniel Engber. This article introduces the concept of a world passport, but also reveals some of the problems associated with it. When done reading, students will fill out another survey. After filling out this survey students will discuss their thoughts on the two different types of citizenship and the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Finally each group will share their one favorite thing that they have discussed with the whole class so that all the groups can get a sense of what the class as a whole feels about the topic.