Community 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.

Do your students realize just how many communities of which they are a part? In this lesson plan, a text lesson defines and describes important aspects of communities and an activity allows students to evaluate their own membership in communities. Related lessons and extra activities are included for further instruction.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • define community
  • outline the characteristics of communities
  • analyze personal membership in various communities


30 minutes to 1 hour

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

Key Vocabulary

  • Community


  • Begin by asking students to make a list of all of the communities of which they are a part.
  • When all students have finished their lists, have them share with the class for discussion.
  • Now have students read the introduction and What Is a Community? sections of the text lesson What Is a Community? - Lesson for Kids.
  • As the students are reading, write the word 'Community' on the board, along with the definition from the text lesson.
  • When the students have finished reading the two sections of the text lesson, ask them to revisit their lists in light of the new information provided in the text lesson and the definition written on the board. Do they need to add to their lists? Do they need to remove an item from the list? Discuss this as a class.
  • Now ask students to list a reason for belonging next to each of the communities they have on their list. In other words, why are they a member of that community?
  • When the students have finished adding a reason for membership to each of their communities, ask them to share them with the class for discussion. Are you able to identify any themes for membership in communities?
  • Now ask the students to read the remainder of the text lesson.
  • When all students have finished reading the lesson, review the reasons for membership as a class. Did they mirror the information about communities provided in the text lesson? Why or why not?
  • Finally, have students write down the communities that they would like to be a part of in the future along with the reasons why.
  • When all students have finished, share these future community lists for class discussion.

Discussion questions

  • How do communities form?
  • Have we ever felt separate from a community?


  • Have students work together to create a list of the different communities at the school.
  • Ask students to imagine that they were in charge of a community. What would it be like? How would you govern it?

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