How Maps Change Things - Study Guide * digital - free *
Lesson Plans and handouts for teachers for 4 class sessions/activities:
1. To discover how maps can distort reality.
2. To identify some of the ways in which different kinds of maps shape our perceptions of the world we live in.
3. To identify other human (demographic) factors that could be shown on maps, but usually aren’t.
4. To do some dreaming about what would make a better world, and to imagine how those dreams might be visualized in maps.
(All handouts are copyright-free!)
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BOOK SYNOPSIS: Maps do obvious things: they tell us where in the world we are, and how to get from Point A to Point B. They also invite us to exercise judgment, which brings our human values - our faith - into play. Ward Kaiser's book, How Maps Change Things: A Conversation about the Maps We Choose and the World We Want, takes an informed and passionate view of how maps influence the significant paths we humans pursue. In How Maps Change Things Kaiser makes clear how maps are really about politics and the values we hold. They're about human relations, social justice, war and peace, budgets, and environmental concerns, because the maps we create and use influence (sometimes subtly, sometimes directly) all of these things. He contends that we need to become aware of how we shape and use maps, and how they in turn shape us. Ultimately, it's about becoming aware of the "meaning" behind the maps we use so we can reflect on and begin to create the kind of world we want.
Author Jim Taylor was co-founder of the faith-based publishing house, Wood Lake Press and former editor of Toronto’s United Church Observer. In 1998, Jim received the Evangelical Press Association of Canada’s highest award for lifelong contribution to religious communication.