Social Justice Stories

building compassion, tolerance, and responsible citizenship through social justice narratives

What Makes a Good Community?

Think about and reflect upon your ideas about community. What do you believe are the characteristics of a "good community"? How do your ideas and reflections compare with those your classmates, parents, and friends? Remember to consider all four categories (i.e., Reflect, Respond, Relate, and Reveal) represented on the Reflection Wheel (Handout #1).

Community Map

Think about how people use maps; to locate and find what is important to them. Think about what is important in your idea of a "good community"? How would you draw a map of that community? What would a "community map" look like to you? How do you visualize a healthy community? What elements help to build a healthy community? What do you think would be important to list and represent on a map? (i.e., churches, synagogues, homeless shelters, food banks, schools, etc.)? Draw, paint, sculpt, create a video of your map and share with classmates to discuss similarities and differences in your ideas.