Divide the class into four and give each group one of the following
to discuss. After a few minutes let them share their conclusions
with the rest of the class.
These questions are also printed on worksheet
4 so that they can be duplicated and given to the groups in
writing if you wish.
• What connection is there between the way people treat each
other and how much they care about their surroundings?
• Why do people put graffiti on walls and vandalise other
• If you could choose any area in which to live what would
it be like? Include the kind of people you would like to have as
• How can caring people improve the quality of the environment
for everyone? Do you think a pleasant environment encourages people
to behave more responsibly? Why?
Discuss with the class what they can do to improve their surroundings
and become better neighbours and when they will start. (A combined
effort can often be successful when individual attempts fail.)
Another activity could be to combine with the English and Art departments
in taking the class out to use their eyes and ears and then record
what they have experienced in pictures or writing. This will reveal
what they appreciate and what they dislike about their neighbourhood
and help to motivate them to bring about the changes they would
like to see.