Moving Stories Educators Guide

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Zora Neale HurstonThe Dust Inside of You

YasielThe Moving Stories App provides an engaging classroom experience that allows students to explore our national foundational narrative of migration. Together, students can learn about shared experiences of migrants, through historical and current event lenses. The App and these accompanying lessons provide an opportunity to build empathy and understanding across diverse student experiences. It also offers and empowering experiences for (often) invisible students in the classroom.

Social-Emotional Goals

 Using the Moving Stories app and the accompanying lesson set will help promote  several essential college and career-ready dispositions including helping to develop:

  • Students who are curious and prepared to inquire about the ways that migration impacts individuals, communities, and nations;
  • Students who are empathetic to individuals and communities who are navigating the changes that come with mass migration;
  • Students who recognize their own perspectives and can understand the views of others about issues of migration;
  • Students who can articulate changes and continuities of the experience of migrations across a range of histories and geographies;
  • Students who recognize the importance of working to build bridges between newcomers and receiving communities.

Academic Goals

 Using the Moving Stories app and the accompanying lesson set will help promote the following speaking and listening skills as defined in the Common Core State Standards.

  • Students will practice Initiating and participating in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively;
  • Students will work with peers to set rules for collegial decision-making and (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on critical issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed;
  • Students will practice responding thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented;
  • Students will practice adapting their speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

 Moreover, collecting stories can be a vital component of an action civics project.