Tag Archives: Migration

Research and Collaboration – Migration and Out of Eden Walk

6 Oct

The “UN Group”  – South Korea, Germany, Thailand, France, and Japan


Looks like an Apple Store with a better view of the palm trees!




A friendly visitor in class.

In class we are answering the compelling question: Why do people move or migrate? We are seeking connections to Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk as we build some background knowledge on his motivation for his 9-10 year walk that will follow the path of human migration. In class students are conducting research that focuses on migration during four different time periods: ancient history, the “Great Migration” (African-Americans in the U.S.A.), Vietnam and the boat people, and Syrian refugees. We want to learn about where they migrated to, why they migrated, and what challenges they faced. 

Here are two current photos from Paul’s walk in Tajikistan. Here is a current story from Paul’s walk, The Ruby Sellers of Vrang. All students should be finished with posting footstep #1, Setting Off, for Out of Eden Learn. You should also be engaging in conversations with other students from other schools in our walking party. We will do Footstep #2 after the vacation. 

Moveable ark. Cargo donkey and pack yak inch south towards Afghanistan. #Tajikistan #Pamirs

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Why do people move?

27 Sep


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Why do people move? 

Watch the videos below and answer this question? Some other resources you could use:


From Hunters-Gatherers to Early Farmers

17 Aug

This video playlist features videos that support things you have been reading in Chapter 2, lesson 2, including human migration, hunters-gatherers, communication, and the development of early farming practices. 

Out of Eden Walk

19 Sep
Source: pulitzercenter.org

Source: pulitzercenter.org

In class we are learning about early humans and migration. Follow this great story and blog by National Geographic writer, Paul Salopek as he makes a seven year journey following the footsteps of man.  His Out of Eden blog can be found here. Read more about his project here:

From 2013 to 2020, writer Paul Salopek is recreating that epic journey on foot, starting at humankind’s birthplace in Ethiopia and ending at the southern tip of South America, where our forebears ran out of horizon. Along the way he is engaging with the major stories of our time — from climate change to technological innovation, from mass migration to cultural survival — by walking alongside the people who inhabit these headlines every day. Moving at the slow beat of his footsteps, Paul is also seeking the quieter, hidden stories of people who rarely make the news.

You can follow his blog or dispatches on our class blog. There is an RSS feed listed on the right side of the blog and you will see his most recent posts. You can also ask Mr. Salopek questions about his journey. He posts thematic maps here and you can see where he currently is, if you see this Google Map. This is a very cool story, one that you can follow for the next several years. In class, we are brainstorming questions we would ask Paul. We will collect the best questions and post a message on his blog, Out of Eden Walk. Hopefully we will respond during his trek. Below is a video playlist about his journey and human migration (see pages 46-47 in our textbook).

Overpopulated (BBC Documentary)

29 Apr


Mr. Phan shared this with us. He said a parent shared it with him.  Our current and last unit, China and India, are the two most populous countries in the world today. We have discussed migration a lot this year as well. This is a very interesting documentary. Watch it when you have time and share your opinion of it in the comment section.


China – Current Affairs

16 Apr

I am creating a playlist of videos about modern-day China. You will see connections to its history, something your social studies/history teachers are always trying to make. If you find any good videos, please send them to your teacher.
China has also appeared in the news a lot over the past several years, due to their pollution crisis. Here is a new article in The Atlantic magazine are that crisis.




The Use of Fire & Migration

24 Sep
Around 500,000 year ago, early humans learned to make and control fire.  We learned some ways they used fire.  Do they mention any other uses for fire in the first video?  We have also learned about early human migration. The second video is on the migration of animals today (National Geographic TV program) and the last video is on human migration today and its effects on the world. Comment and share your opinion. Why do people migrate today?  Answer one or both of the questions.