This lesson enables learners to examine and demonstrate knowledge of geographic, historic and cultural elements and traditions in North and South America. Learners will investigate how the elements they have affected the development of Stewardship and Philanthropy in representative nations.
Five to Six Forty-Five Minute Class Periods (or three block schedule sessions)
The learner will:
- investigate the history and culture of selected countries in North and South America.
- explain how the cultural traditions in these countries affected the development of nonprofit organizations and stewardship.
- describe and locate nations in North and South America, their cultures and communities.
- be able to discover biomes in nation selected.
- discover nonprofit organizations in nations studied.
- demonstrate use of concepts relating to philanthropy and geography.
- describe ecological and human problems addressed by NGOs.
- describe a contemporary condition in Canada, and one nation in Central or South America, and trace the historical origins.
None for this lesson.
Instructor Note: Make arrangements to take your class to the local school library, media center or community library to obtain reference resources needed for lesson research.
Review the concepts of philanthropy and stewardship, using the definitions and concepts developed in Lesson One: Traditions—Our World and Philanthropy. Read an excerpt from the story, Discovering The Inca Ice Maiden, by Johan Reinhard. (The publisher is National Geographic Society, March 1998. ISBN: 0792271424. It is the story about the effort to preserve an Incan child entombed in ice on a mountain in Panama. The author gives a lot of information about the country and the photography is excellent.) Talk about the story with your students and discuss these two questions: "What elements of culture and history are present in what we just read?" and "Why is this preservation an act of stewardship?"
4 points - All eight questions completed with great detail and reasoned answers
3 points - Six of the eight are completed with detail and reasoned answers
2 points - Four to five questions adequately answered
1 point - Two to three questions answered with some accuracy
0 points - No attempt made
Lesson Developed By:Christine Jensen
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