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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.