Lesson Plan

Diasporas: The Great Geographic Dislocations of History

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The current population distribution throughout the world is largely based on geopolitical events that have forced groups of people to leave their homes forever. High schoolers learn more about the diasporas scattered around the world as a result of war, famine, and persecution with an open-ended research project.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use in a unit on human migration or after a lesson on immigration, genocide, or imperialism
  • Encourage learners to focus on discrepancies between historical accounts 
Classroom Considerations
  • Resource recommends using Wikipedia for research; consider finding new sources to avoid setting a precedent for Wikipedia-based research, as it can be modified by any user
  • List of historical diasporas may need to be updated to include more current movements, including Syrian and Yemeni refugees in the 21st century
  • Project rubric is simplistic and may need more detail to be effective
  • Resource includes a specific due date that would need to changed before handing out to students
  • Provides over 30 research ideas, making it possible for each student to have a unique research topic
  • Connects to many Common Core standards
  • Comes with several student exemplars for the final project
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