Neighborhood Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What factors come together to create a desirable neighborhood? This lesson plan explores this question through the use of a video lesson. An activity challenges students to create their own desirable neighborhoods.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'neighborhood'
  • list the characteristics of a desirable neighborhood
  • distinguish between a neighborhood and a community


60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.


  • Paper copies of the worksheet from the associated video lesson
  • Poster board
  • Fine-tipped markers


  • Begin by asking students to take turns sharing the names of the neighborhoods in which they live.
    • What is a neighborhood?
  • Play the video lesson Housing, Neighborhood, & Community Environments, pausing it at 2:07.
    • How did we do in defining the term 'neighborhood' when compared to the definition provided in the text lesson?
    • How can your neighborhood influence your well-being?
    • What types of things make a neighborhood desirable to residents?
    • What would you change about your neighborhood if you were given the chance?
  • Play the video lesson again and pause it at 4:03.
    • What is 'walkability'?
    • Why is walkability considered a characteristic of a good neighborhood?
    • How does crime factor into the quality of a neighborhood?
    • What is the relationship between economics and the quality of a neighborhood?
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson for the class.
    • How is a community different from a neighborhood?
    • What role do values play in a community?
    • How do connections within the community and neighborhood impact the experience of the residents?
    • How does the urban, rural or suburban status of a neighborhood impact the quality of life there?
    • Is your neighborhood urban, rural or suburban? Why?
  • Hand out the worksheet to the class.
  • Have students work in small groups to complete the worksheet, using what they learned about neighborhoods in the video lesson.
  • When all groups have completed the worksheet, review each question and answer with the class, allowing students to make any needed changes to their responses as you go.

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