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Exploring ideas about migration – Critical Reading

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Exploring ideas about migration – Critical Reading

Being a critical reader means looking at the elements and ideas we can see represented in text and illustrations, to enable the reader to build conceptual understandings. Critical reading is also about taking note of the parts or ideas that are hidden in texts and illustrations. It is wondering about the why of the book/text, wondering about what is and isn’t visible, what is absent but implicit. It is being aware that authors’ and illustrators’ beliefs and perspectives will influence the texts.

Migration

When exploring ideas about human migration, one must be thoughtful not to categorize everyone who is moving from one place to another as simply a migrant.

The subtleties in how we name people who are on the move hide the levels of power, choice and the ability to respond, so understanding the naming system is critical to developing a greater awareness and appreciation of who people are and under what circumstances they are moving.

It brings forward the choice and resilience practices that keep different groups moving and other groups from welcoming, resisting or being wary of change.

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Exploring ideas about migration – Critical Reading

Being a critical reader means looking at the elements and ideas we can see represented in text and illustrations, to enable the reader to build conceptual understandings. Critical reading is also about taking note of the parts or ideas that are hidden in texts and illustrations. It is wondering about the why of the book/text, wondering about what is and isn’t visible, what is absent but implicit. It is being aware that authors’ and illustrators’ beliefs and perspectives will influence the texts.

Migration

When exploring ideas about human migration, one must be thoughtful not to categorize everyone who is moving from one place to another as simply a migrant.

The subtleties in how we name people who are on the move hide the levels of power, choice and the ability to respond, so understanding the naming system is critical to developing a greater awareness and appreciation of who people are and under what circumstances they are moving.

It brings forward the choice and resilience practices that keep different groups moving and other groups from welcoming, resisting or being wary of change.

Some big ideas to consider when teaching a unit on migration include

  • Understanding difference and appreciation of diversity
  • Change involves risks and challenges and possibilities
  • Choice and agency
  • Climate and climate change affect the migration of all living things
  • Environments meet different needs
  • Inclusion is a choice and an action
  • Remembering can keep us connected to action
  • Identity, belonging and culture are connected
  • Change in culture can lead to change in identity
  • Staying connected with the past in ways that inform and enrich the future
  • Prejudice and power are connected
  • International law exists, but is not always enforced
  • Law is a social construct acted upon by agreeing parties
  • Children are recognized as group under international law
  • Power and Choice influence migration choices
  • People from different backgrounds don’t always share the same ideas
  • Migration can impact on identity
  • Change and movement will impact in daily life routines and traditions and identity

Reading that supports critical thinking requires the reader to make connections and understand that there can be more than one idea, answer or perspective in any given text or that can be found represented in other texts. Critical thinking is about finding ways of solving problems by making connections and being thoughtful of all the seen and hidden ideas.

In our daily lived lives, critical thinking can help us take action in ways that is respectful of our self and others.