This activity aims to show three different roles a border can play in a specific historical context: in Mostar, a bridge sharply divides and defines who is who in the conflict. In the Catalan cross-country region, the border between Spain and France saves lives and is recognised as a destination for refuge. In the Lithuanian-Polish region, the border itself moves, while people remain in place, as they try to find and define themselves in a new political situation. This activity is about seeing borders as main “characters” in a story. Using the storyboard technique and our visual resources, students are asked to tell stories about borders and, as the result of this exercise, see how many roles borders can play in various contexts.
suitable for students aged 11-18
animation explaining different aspects of the border
2 lessons of 45 min
The version described in the materials took two forty-five minute lessons, with some work done by students at home in between classes. However, the time can be shortened or prolonged, depending on the teacher’s own needs and ideas.
To conduct the activity, you will use this prepared package of learning materials:
Information packs introducing you to the three case studies
Selected personal stories from the case studies (AV)
. Step-by-step activity plan
Infographics on archival search for beginners
Set of visuals that will help you run the tasks