Free How Communities Communicate Lesson Plan for 8th Grade Students

Topic: How communities communicate

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to describe and compare the different ways people organize themselves in the Cook Islands and in other places around the world.


  • Images or videos of different types of communities
  • Handouts with information about different communities
  • Pencils and paper for taking notes


  • Ask students to think about the different communities they belong to, such as their family, their school, their neighborhood, their village, etc.
  • Have them brainstorm a list of the different ways these communities are organized and how they communicate.
  • Write their ideas on the board.

Direct Instruction:

  • Explain that communities can be organized in different ways, including by geography, religion, language, or culture.
  • Discuss the importance of communication in communities, and how it can be used to share information, solve problems, and maintain ties with other communities.
  • Show examples of different ways communities communicate, including through oral tradition, writing, electronic media, and through cultural practices.

Guided Practice:

  • Divide students into small groups and give each group a set of pictures or images of different types of communication used in communities.
  • Have the groups brainstorm and make a list of the benefits and drawbacks of each method.
  • Have a class discussion about the benefits and drawbacks of each method, and how they might affect the ability of a community to communicate.

Independent Practice:

  • Have students choose one type of communication used in their own community and research how it is used.
  • Have students create a visual representation (e.g. a drawing, a collage, or a poster) of their chosen communication method and write a short paragraph describing how it is used in their community.


  • Have students share their visual representations and paragraphs with the class.
  • As a class, discuss the different ways people in different communities communicate and the advantages and disadvantages of each method.


  • Observe students during the independent practice activity and during the closure to assess their understanding of the topic.
  • Collect and review the visual representations and paragraphs created during the independent practice activity to assess students' ability to describe and compare the different methods of communication used by communities.

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