Read the article 'The places we call “home”’ and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. In the article ‘The places we call “home”’, three students share a bit about their home and community. What is your home like? Which of the three students description of home, reminds you of your own community?
2. What do you think makes your community unique?
3. Do you feel like you have a connection to your community? Why or why not?
4. In your opinion, what makes a specific place or a community into a home?
5. Student Grace Adema says that her community life is made up of multiple parts, such as her family, school and netball team. What makes up your community life?
6. Do you agree with the statement ‘No one is an island’? Why or why not?
7. What does our Catholic faith teach us about community? What did Jesus teach his disciples about community?
1. Break up into groups of two or three and brainstorm different songs about going home. If your teacher allows, you can do some research online. Why do you think ‘home’ makes such a good subject for a song?
2. Imagine you had to move away from home to attend school, like Shonica Talal and Rebekah Platts from the article, ‘The places we call “home”’. What would you miss about home? What would be your hopes and your fears? What qualities would you bring to your new school that you had gained from your community at home?
3. Write a letter to your home or one of your communities. Why is it special to you? What makes it unique? Express what it means to you and what you would miss about it if or when in the future - work, uni or life takes you to another place or community?
4. One community each member of your class is all a part of is your school community. Students can brainstorm the different ways they feel a part of the school community and what it means to them. Then, individually or in pairs students can create a collage, using symbols, words or pictures, about their school community.
For younger students
Teachers may summarise for or read the article, ‘The places we call “home”’, to younger students. Ask students what they think of when they hear the word ‘home’. Teachers can lead a classroom discussion on the importance of community and explain how we can have more than one home or community. Finally, teachers can share how our Catholic faith can nourish our communities and encourage us to better serve our communities.
1. Draw a picture of yourself and the people that make up your home or community. Where does your Catholic faith fit into your community life? How does your Catholic faith make you a better member of your community?
2. Write and illustrate a simple comic strip showing the different parts of your community, such as your family, school, parish, extracurricular or sports team. In your comic strip, you should include what role your relationship with God has in how they connect and participate in your community?
When students are finished with your activity, teachers can hang up students’ work in the classroom.