The Journey of Your Past:

Genetic Markers of Migration

In the last few years, a new field of science has been using genetic markers to develop insights into the human story of migration. This video, from National Geographic, explains how population geneticists use population markers to document the human journey. While the science is relatively new and still evolving, it is a reminder that migration is our shared history as humans.

Reflection Questions and Teaching Suggestions

After watching the video, consider using the Project Zero, See-Feel-Think-Wonder Thinking Routine.

Using this routine will help develop students’ habits to inquire about the ways migration has shaped the world while promoting learners dispositions to:

  • Feel curious and connected to the larger human story of migration
  • Ask relevant and informed questions
  • Gather, weigh and reason with evidence
  • Manage complex ideas, contexts, and emotions to make a conclusion