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Connecting the Dots: Genographic's Markers in Context
In this lesson, the third in a set of lessons exploring migration, genetic markers, markers in context, and the Genographic Project (a five-year study of human origins and migration based on genetic markers), students will examine other markers of human migration, uncovered by such fields as archaeology, paleontology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and history. Students will begin by conducting a hands-on study of patterns of genetic markers. They will consider ways in which contextual information provides scientists with clues about ancient migratory patterns. An extension activity provides an opportunity for students to investigate the controversy of who first migrated to the Americas and develop hypotheses based on scientific research using a collection of websites and the Atlas of the Human Journey.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Human geography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2004 National Geographic Society. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-022
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Molecular basis of heredity
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Human systems:
      • The characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth's surface
    • The uses of geography:
      • How to apply geography to interpret the past
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
Related resources:
This resource requires 'Genographic: Mapping the Human Journey'
This resource requires 'Genographic: Permanent Markers'
This resource is required by 'Genographic's Legacy: Preservation and Projections'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Geographic Society