The unit itself is originally conceived to work in a large magnet high school, whose population comes from 17 districts including that of New Haven. Therefore some of the activities are geared specifically in the direction on capitalizing of differing understandings of home and place. This will allow some aspects of the unit to function more effectively, but it will also handicap other sections of the unit, especially those that deal with common places, because the list of common places may be relegated to the school and the school alone. That said, all of the activities are possible and useful in a non-magnet situation, and can function even on the level of a neighborhood school.
What follows is a set of lessons and explanations designed to serve as a guide for an exploration of place. There are modifications included in the explanation, but as these lessons are guides, there is a great deal of room for individual modification.