Three Thirty-Minute Class Periods
The learner will seek solutions to help solve a social problem.
Students will write essays on the needs of homeless people in the community and their responsibility. Teachers may challenge students to take action on their proposals.
Read the following poem to the class and discuss what it means to give your heart:
What can I give him,
Poor man I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring a lamb.
If I were a Wise Man,
I would do my part.
Yet what can I give him?
Give my heart. -Christina Rossetti
Read to the class Sam and the Lucky Money. This story is about a boy who has some "lucky money" to spend on Chinese New Year. This year he is allowed to spend it any way he wants. Although he considers many options and sometimes feels angry that he doesn’t have more money, he ultimately gives the money to a homeless man. This story encourages others to see homeless people with empathy and realize that one person can make a difference. Discuss the story and have students describe how the story made them feel.
Review the Corporal Works of Mercy or the Core Democratic Values. Challenge the students to think about what their responsibilities are in regards to homeless people. Please be sensitive to the possibility that some of your students may have some personal experience with homelessness.
Feed the hungry. Give drink to the thirsty. Clothe the naked. Shelter the homeless. Visit the sick. Visit the imprisoned. Bury the dead.
Students will write an essay answering the discussion questions about need in the homeless community and proposing small solutions upon which they can act.
Math: Conduct research to determine the number of homeless people in your community, state, or the country. What percentage of the population is homeless?
Lesson Developed By:Valerie Williams
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