Learners relate enlightened self-interest to caring by discussing a quote from Alexis de Tocqueville about the American tradition of democracy.
One 20-minute class period
The learner will:
This character education mini-lesson is not intended to be a service learning lesson or to meet the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. The character education units will be most effective when taught in conjunction with a student-designed service project that provides a real world setting in which students can develop and practice good character and leadership skills. For ideas and suggestions for organizing service events go to generationon.org.
Give examples of people doing good things for others that also benefit themselves. Examples:
Emily ran for student council president because she wanted to make her school a better place, and she wanted to try to change a school rule that didn't allow her to buy soda at school. As another example,
Chase volunteered to hand out T-shirts at the 5K race in town, and he got a free T-shirt.
Derrick cleaned up the science supplies after the dissection, and Ms Fouch gave him extra credit.
Ask the students whether these students are showing caring or selfishness. Discuss.
Lesson Developed By:Betsy Flikkema
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