Students discover and discuss the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and especially focus on his ethic of service. The students learn about the issue of obesity through the documentary "Super Size Me" and/or print information. They will understand the importance of eating healthfully and the benefits to individuals as well as for the common good. Students will create a cookbook of healthy recipes to be donated to community organizations. The students learn about environmental stewardship and its importance to the common good by viewing the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" and/or through print information. Students will decide on and carry out a service project that demonstrates environmental stewardship. Students will learn about the life of Gandhi. They will compare and contrast the philosophies and work of Dr. King and Gandhi. They will determine service they can provide to promote peace and nonviolence.
This unit can be taught as grade specific using two lessons (Grade 6 - Lessons 1 & 2 , Grade 7 - Lessons 1 & 3, Grade 8 - Lessons 1 & 4). To extend the learning and service experiences, additional lesson can be used, as time allows.
One 30 minute class period for Lesson 1 (Introduction) and one additional 30 to 60 minute class period for each additional lesson selected.
The learner will:
See individual lessons for benchmark detail.
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