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Ideation Lesson 1: Understanding your Community 


Directions: ​Complete this worksheet​ ​to identify a community you’d like to help and gather some data about its 
occupants. 
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1. ​Community brainstorm:​ Complete the table below. What are six different communities you are a part of or 
interested in helping? 

A.  B. 

C.  D. 

E.  F. 

 
2.​ ​Pick two communities and complete the table below: 

What is your community like?  Community 1:  Community 2: 

Age     

Language     

Cultures or Traditions     

Geographic Location     

Interests     

3.​ Which community do you want to focus on?  4.​Why did you pick this community? 

________________________________________ ________________________________________

________________________________________ ________________________________________

________________________________________ ________________________________________

________________________________________ ________________________________________ 
 
 
   

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Community Documenting: ​This activity will help you gather information and characteristics about your 
community so that you can better understand its needs, and should take about 60 minutes to do. In advance, the 
team should agree on a particular area of a city or place of interest to them and then plan a time to go there to do 
the activity. Afterwards, they should find a place where they can write responses to questions, and then discuss 
their responses together.  
 
1. ​Slowly walk around the block once and make a note of or take pictures of the major structures (e.g. churches, 
stores, buildings, schools).  
 
 
 
2. ​Walk the area again, this time looking for less obvious things. Some examples: a well-kept yard on a street of 
concrete, a community garden, a row of trees, a vacant lot, billboards. If possible, use your cell phone or camera 
to take pictures. As you observe this time, write down not only what you see, but also what you hear, smell, or 
feel. 
 
 
 
3. ​When you get back, respond to the following questions:  

What surprised you the most about the community? 

Can you see any problems that are affecting the community? If so, who is it affecting and how? 

What do you think this community needs to help solve that problem?

Who would be responsible for making that change and how?

Who would be responsible for making that change and how? 

   

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Our Community A-Z:​ Another way to visualize communities is by the brainstorming words that describe them. 
After you discuss your observations from the community documenting activity, you can try this too. It’s fun! 

Example:​ If your community is teachers:  


“C = Creative”  
 

A=​_______________________________________  B=​______________________________________ 

C= ​_______________________________________  D=​_______________________________________ 

E= ​_______________________________________  F=​_______________________________________ 

G= ​_______________________________________  H=​_______________________________________ 

I= ​_______________________________________  J=​_______________________________________ 

K= ​_______________________________________  L=​_______________________________________ 

M =​_______________________________________  N ​=​______________________________________ 

O =​_______________________________________  P ​=​______________________________________ 

Q =​_______________________________________  R ​=​______________________________________ 

S =​_______________________________________  T ​=​______________________________________ 

U =​_______________________________________  V ​=​______________________________________ 

W =​_______________________________________  X ​=​______________________________________ 

Y =​_______________________________________  Z =​_______________________________________

Talk as a team! 
• Are any of the words similar? 
• Do any of the words mean opposite things? 
• Are there any surprises? 
• What story do these words tell about your community? 

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