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Which Neighborhood Is Better?


One of my favorite lessons each year is one where our students compare our school neighborhood with the most wealthy section of Sacramento, the “Fabulous Forties.” I’ve written extensively about this lesson of highlighting assets instead of deficits in A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits. I also have the complete lesson plan, including hand-outs, in my upcoming book.

I believe that every student I’ve ever had has decided that ours school neighborhood is better. One of the elements of the lesson is writing persuasive essays about which neighborhood is better. Here are a couple of examples from this year (we’re in the middle of the unit plan).

I’ll also be publishing a slideshow soon of student-designed “perfect” neighborhoods.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Here in India, when we were studying, our school neighborhood did not matter to us. What mattered was the quality of teaching inside the class rooms and care from teachers. We didn’t get neither. It was just a job for them.

  2. What a truly creative means of giving students a topic for creative writing. I look forward to seeing the slideshows that you are going to post in the future. Great work

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