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Neighborhood Project

Journals-before and after


Living up the Street

*“Being Mean”

Before: Write about the kids in your neighborhood. What are their approximate ages/grade levels? Did you grow up playing with them or are you new to the neighborhood? Do you have a mean kid or person in your neighborhood? How do you respond to this neighbor?

After: Are the boys in the story “bad”? What, from the story, makes you say that?


Before: Tell about one thing your parent or older sibling or older friend taught you. This can be something small or a valuable lesson. This should be a mini-story.

After: What is Soto’s grieving process for his dad? What do you connect with in this story? Why?


Before: What is the right way to handle a bully? What makes you say this? How do you think your neighbors think of you and your family?

After: List one detail of the way the kids and/or adults saw Frankie. Why did they see him this way?

"The Beauty Contest"

Before: What is your definition of beauty? Who would win a beauty contest if you were the judge? Why?

After: What does Karen mean when she says, “These kids are so terrible.”? How are the kids in the story made to feel like “other”? Point out as many instances as you can.

The Neighborhood Project-connections to Living Up the Street

The purpose of this project is to wrap up our unit on Living Up the Street by examining our own neighborhoods, for better or worse. Your project will be a “snapshot” of your neighborhood. You will examine the people, the physical surroundings and the mood of the block you live on. After reading chapters from Living Up the Street by Gary Soto, we will make connections and complete activities having to do with neighbors and neighborhoods and your relationship to both. Your final project will be a showcase of the artifacts we create. You will present your neighborhood project.

Project must include:

Slide 1: Intro with your neighborhood and your name

Slide 2: One poem(choose from “Don’t Go” or “You’re gonna miss…”)

Slide 3: Words/vocabulary that describe your neighborhood in a creative way(Try to learn some new words)/connect them to people and places in your neighborhood

Slide 4: Map of your neighborhood (including houses, parks, schools, transportation/mass transit, major streets/intersections, traffic lights, signs, side streets/roads, etc.)

Slide 5 and 6: Two journal entries (before) 

Slide 7 and 8: Two journal entries (after) in response to readings-be thorough

Slide 9: Places to go nearby: (in images, poetry, story, list) grocery store, places to eat-restaurants and fast food, places to worship, community centers, parks, places to shop, etc.

Slide 10: Reflect on and discuss how social injustice exists in your neighborhood. How might you go about trying to heal that injustice?

Use Google Slides-Pictures and drawings on every slide