Title: For Love of Country (Grades 6-8): St. Richard's School, Indianapolis, IN
Duration: Two 40 Minute Class Periods
Grades: 6, 7, 8
Subject Correlation: Language Arts, Social Studies
Summary: This lesson generously provided by St. Richard's School in Indianapolis, IN, describes the military's role in our country and highlights service to country as one of the most sacrificial forms of "voluntary action intended for the common good."
For Love of Country
Lesson Title: For Love of Country
Grade Level: 6th – 8th
Duration: Two 40-Minute Class periods
Standards: Learning to Give lessons incorporate National, State and Philanthropy curriculum standards. See the end of each lesson for specific benchmark detail.
National Content Standards Key Words/Concepts:
SOC: Branches of government; common good; core democratic values; citizenship/civic engagement; war
ELA: Letter writing; reflection; universal themes; writing mechanics
PHIL: Heroes; sacrifice; time/talent/treasure
To educate students about the military’s role in our democratic republic and to highlight service to country as one of the most sacrificial forms of “voluntary action intended for the common good.”
The learner will:
Students will communicate directly with active soldiers through one of the many programs organized for that purpose, such as Letters from Home, Send a Message to Our Soldiers, etc.
Students will complete a short reading assignment at home and may be graded on the four short answer questions that accompany the reading. Students may also receive a grade for letters they write to service members. These should be assessed not only for content, but spelling, grammar, and proper letter format.
Students will ask their parents if any relatives or neighbors currently serve in the Armed Forces. If so, students may wish to share their names and connections with the class. Likewise if any parents are currently serving or are veterans, they should be invited to class at a convenient time to discuss their experience.
For background on the Nathan Hale quote:
Keyes, Ralph. The Quote Verifier. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2006.
For more about George Washington and his experience as America’s first military commander:
Marrin, Albert. George Washington and the Founding of a Nation. New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 2001.
Indiana Academic Standards:
ELA6.4.8: Review, evaluate, and revise writing for meaning and clarity
ELA6.4.9: Edit and proofread one’s own writing, as well as that of others, using editing checklist or set of rules, with specific examples of corrections of frequent errors
ELA6.4.10: Revise writing to improve the organization and consistency of ideas within and between paragraphs.
ELA7.4.8: Review, evaluate, and revise writing for meaning and clarity
ELA7.4.9: Edit and proofread one’s own writing, as well as that of others, using editing checklist or set of rules, with specific examples of corrections of frequent errors
ELA7.4.10: Revise writing to improve the organization and word choice after checking the logic of ideas and the precision of the vocabulary
ELA8.4.8: Review, evaluate, and revise writing for meaning and clarity
ELA8.4.9: Edit and proofread one’s own writing, as well as that of others, using editing checklist or set of rules, with specific examples of corrections of frequent errors
ELA8.4.10: Revise writing for word choice; appropriate organization; consistent point of view; and transitions among paragraphs, passages, and ideas.
SS8.2.3: Identify and explain the relationship between rights and responsibilities of citizenship in the United States
SS8.2.4: Define and explain the importance of individual and civic responsibilities
SS8.2.7: Distinguish between the different functions of national and state government within the federal system by analyzing the Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution
SS8.2.10: Explain the importance in a democratic republic of responsible participation by citizens in voluntary civil associations/non-governmental organizations that comprise civil society
Philanthropy Theme Framework:
P101 Identify and describe the actions of how citizens acted for the common good.
PCS05 Describe how the founding documents and core democratic values encourage citizens to act philanthropically.
Lesson Developed and Piloted by:
St. Richard’s School
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