Advisory—A Call to Action

Unit of 4 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
6
7
8
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Democracy
Focus Question 

Focus question: What is a citizen's responsibility to participate civil society?

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Unit Overview 

Learners will research events in American history that led to the development of philanthropy in the United States, analyze the importance of allowing all citizens the opportunity to contribute to the common good, identify needs and resources to set up and maintain a service learning project.

Service Experience 
The students will identify a need of the school community and surrounding neighborhood. They will also identify their specific time/talent/treasure. Through group discussion they will collaborate to meet a need of the community. If applicable, this will be in collaboration with an already existing philanthropic (nonprofit) organization.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Advisory—A Call to Action
Lesson 1 of 4
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students will understand philanthropy and service learning.  They will analyze past actions to determine if they have contributed to the common good.  This lesson will give the context for succeeding lessons in the unit so that students will be able to complete an action for the common good and evaluate their effort for a future philanthropic project.

Unit: 
Advisory—A Call to Action
Lesson 4 of 4
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students will evaluate their learning about philanthropy and the service project by completing a written reflection on their experience.  The reflection will not be just a recap but a looking back to identify with "new eyes" those aspects of philanthropy that came to light through the experience.