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What Is a Community?

Rissman, Rebecca (Author)
Capstone 2009. 24 pages
First published: 2009
Series: Our Global Community
ISBN: 9781432932602 (paperback)
9781432932596 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 307
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

point of view, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This book uses simple phrasing in large type to convey various aspects of community life, and what it means to people around the world. Spreads such as “Going to School,” “Shopping at Markets” and “Making Music” address the range and variety of human endeavour. “Playing Games” and “Families at Home” show the creation of intentional communities for warmth, fun and love.

An abundance of bright, quality photographs illustrate each section and provide a rich resource for discussion and further investigation. Children will see photos of Inuit people and a fur-skin tent, students crowded four to a desk, a veiled woman shopping, a policeman in uniform, kids playing soccer and much more. The book’s cumulative message is well summarized in “Similar and Different”: “We are all part of one really big community. We all live together on planet Earth.”

Back material includes a summary, glossary, index, and activity suggestions for teachers and parents.

  •  

    Before reading the book, discuss what makes up a community.

  •  Make a chart of the different communities people belong to (family, Scouts, sports team, etc.)
  •  Talk about our school and classes. What do we do together in these communities?
  •  Write about a non-school community of which you are a part. What do you do there? Who is included?
  •  

    Check out the “Words to Know” page. Which ones are you familiar with?

  •  

    Before reading the book, discuss what makes up a community. What different communities do you belong to? What is a global community? Which words do you already know on page 23? Explain.

  •  

    Make a Venn diagram to compare your lifestyle with that of one of the groups in the book.

  •  

    In pairs, write about or illustrate a community you belong to (look for ideas on page 22). Share with the class.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To cooperate with others
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Ethics and Religious Culture
  • Geography, History and Citizenship