The purpose of this lesson is for the learners to reflect on how philanthropy, enlightened self-interest, and caring are related and to determine why and how they will "care" in the future.
One 20-minute lesson
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 www.generationon.org.
Display the definintion of philanthropy as "giving time, talent, and treasure, and taking action for the common good." If the learners have experience with service-learning and being philanthropists, ask them to relate what this definition means to them in light of that service. If philanthropy is a new word to the learners, give them some examples of everyday philanthropists from the local community and ask them to name the time, talent, or treasure they might have to give for the common good as a way of "caring."
"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the creative light of altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life's persistent and most urgent question is, What are you doing for others?"
Lesson Developed By:Betsy Flikkema
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