How might individuals and society address the issues of poverty, homelessness and hunger, and their underlying causes?
NOTE: Prior to this lesson, use the Blue Sky Activity in which students envision a better world. If you already have a Blue Sky display, revisit it before beginning this lesson.
The learners will explore the common characteristics of "For-Profit" and "Not-for-Profit" businesses and organizations. They will identify the role of volunteerism in "Not-for-Profit" businesses and organizations and research the incentives often used to encourage, and promote volunteers in these businesses and organizations. They will use this information to help encourage and promote student volunteerism during the Drive event.
One 50 minute class period
The learners will:
It is important to be sensitive to the possibility that someone in your class may have some personal experience with homelessness, hunger and poverty.
Have the words "For-Profit Businesses" and "Not-for-Profit Organizations" posted at opposite ends of the classroom. Begin a classroom discussion to determine the learners' prior knowledge concerning these terms (Definition: For-Profits, n) A term describing the Internal Revenue Service’s designation of an organization whose income is being used for the benefit or the private gain of stockholders, directors, or any other persons with an interest in the company and subject to all of the taxes levied on business ownership and profits by local state and federal tax laws; Non-Profits- n) A term describing the Internal Revenue Service’s designation of an organization whose income is not used for the benefit or private gain of stockholders, directors, or any other persons with an interest in the company; separate tax treatment exists based on whether it is charitable or not.) Tell the class that you will read a list of characteristics often associated with businesses/organizations and they are to move and stand near the "For-Profit Businesses" or the "Not-for-Profit Organizations" label in which they think this particular characteristic is more likely to be found. If they feel that it is something that could be found equally in either a "For-Profit Businesses" or a “Not-for-Profit Organizations" they can stand in the middle of the room to indicate this decision.
The learners will be assessed based on their whole and small group participation reflected in their depth of understanding and questioning as well as the appropriateness of their contributions
Lesson Developed By:Lydia Alvarez
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