Using the themes and content of geography, learners examine and demonstrate knowledge of cultural elements and traditions of selected nations of the world and how they impact philanthropy and stewardship in world regions.
Four to Five Forty-Five Minute Class Periods (or two and one-half block class periods)
The learner will:
- demonstrate knowledge of philanthropy and stewardship.
- locate and describe physical features of one nation in each continent.
- understand the concept of terrain and the relationship of terrain to movement of peoples and cultural diversity.
- demonstrate knowledge of cultural features of one nation in each continent.
- investigate a continent and find examples of cultural elements.
- explain how and why nonprofit organizations were formed in the nation selected.
Instructor Notes: This unit of instruction connects the five themes of geography with major themes of philanthropy. Those five themes briefly are:
- Location in which learners explore both absolute and relative location.
- Place where we uncover human and physical elements of the study.
- Human-Environmental Interactions during which learners discover how and why humans depend on their environment; the modifications they make, and finally how humans adapt to their environment.
- Movement where this theme explores how people, ideas, goods and services are transferred, moved and transported.
- Regions are explored as geographic form, their functions, and perceptions.
Play music from a culture of your choice. Then display either items or pictures from the culture you chose. Discuss the differences between the culture and that of your learners. Explain that the characteristics of the culture are known as Cultural Elements. Have the learners make a list of beliefs, traditions, arts and customs within their own school community. Expand that to a school/home connection, discussing and listing their unique family beliefs, traditions, arts and customs. Develop the idea that art includes all the creative arts, which include food preparation, sewing, knitting, fly tying, wood working etc. Develop concepts appropriate to the objectives and outcomes.
Culture (n) The act of developing intellectual ability with education; a form of civilization, particularly the beliefs, arts, and customs - culture (v) Non-governmental organization (NGO) (n) Term used by non-American countries to define the nonprofit sector Philanthropy (n) 1. The giving of one's time, talent or treasure for the sake of another- or for the common good - Robert Payton, 2. Voluntary action for the public good -Robert Payton, 3. Voluntary giving, voluntary service, and voluntary association, primarily for the benefit of others - Robert Payton, 4. Giving and serving -Richard J. Bentley and Luana G. Nissan, 5. Active effort to promote human welfare, 6. A tradition, a spirit, and a sector of society - Maurice G. Gurin and Jon Van Til Pluralism (n) The coexistence of distinct cultural, ethnic, or religious groups within a single society Social sector (n) Referring to the nonprofit sector emphasizing work with and to better society Stewardship (n) A process whereby an organization seeks to be worthy of continued philanthropic support, including the acknowledgement of gifts, donor recognition, the honoring of donor intent, prudent investment of gifts, and the effective and efficient use of funds to further the mission of the organization. The position or work of a steward. Talent (n) The aptitude, disposition, or characteristic ability of a person - talented (adj.), talentless (adj.) Tradition (n) The doctrines, knowledge, practices, and customs passed down from one generation
Lesson Developed By:Christine Jensen
WORLD REGIONS—OUR STUDY OF CONTINENTS
We are starting a new unit of study on the regions of the world. Our focus will be to study the physical geography of each continent, and we will discover how two countries from within every continent except Antarctica have developed nonprofit organizations as instruments of Philanthropy and Stewardship. Our learning partner, Learning To Give, defines philanthropy as the "sharing of our time, talents, and treasure for the common good." "Stewardship is the process whereby an organization seeks to be worthy of continued philanthropic support and donor recognition, prudent investment of gifts, and the effective and efficient use of funds to further the mission of the organization."
Each of the countries we will study has their own cultural traditions that have existed, in most cases, for hundreds of years. Cultural elements such as food, clothing, religion, music, and oral histories have made each nation unique. Their approach to forming philanthropic organizations is strongly tied to these cultural elements. We will also compare each of these countries to the United States in physical geography, human - environment interaction and the purpose and development of their philanthropic organizations. You can help us by talking with your child about the generations in your family and circle of friends. Discuss with them how daily life and family traditions have changed and developed over the years. Include their participation in philanthropic organizations, volunteerism and acts of stewardship in the community.
We hope that all of our learners enjoy the unit. We are eager to begin and hope to learn a lot about world regions and global philanthropic efforts. Please feel free to comment or ask questions as we progress through the unit.
Directions: Discuss each category with your parents and, if possible, with your grandparents. Fill in the blank spaces in the chart.
(such using of time, talent or treasure, or taking action for the common good)
My Parents'/Other Adult's Generation:
My Grandparents'/Senior citizen's Generation:
The region we are researching is _____________________________
|What we already know about this region of the world||What we want to learn about this region||What we have discovered and learned||How we are going to learn more about this region|
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