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Civics & Politics

My Place, Our Vision

In this unit students will study the various components of their place that make it unique. Explore the driving question: How might we invest in our community to promote engagement, citizenship and pride in our place? 

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Recommended Timeframe: 2-3 months

What makes your place special? What is your vision for this place in 20 years? What must happen in order to achieve that vision? In this unit students will study the various components of their place that make it unique. With photography, map-making, and news-reading skills, students are armed to investigate their place in a variety of ways. This in-depth understanding aided by insight from interviews with community members, students will identify the values and vision for their place into the future. Inspired by leaders in other communities and with the aid of the design thinking process, students will develop their own idea for a community impact project.

Key Topics

  • Plan and design a Community Impact Project
  • Read Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
  • Become a citizen scientist through Cornell University’s YardMap
  • Study great thinkers who provided the inspiration for our Founding Fathers and the basis of our democracy.
  • Cultivate the principles of photography
  • Develop a news-reading habit
  • Investigate creative initiators like Isaiah Zagar and Ron Finley and how they’ve contributed to urban renewal.
  • Find creative initiators in your community!
  • Interview locals to determine their values and vision for your community
  • Identify your vision for your community and do something today to improve your place for the future