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Over 1,700 K-12 lesson plans to inspire and equip students who use their hearts and minds to impact their world

Over 1,700 K-12 lesson plans to inspire and equip students who use their hearts and minds to impact their world

You don’t have to adopt a new curriculum or learn a complicated strategy. Replace one of your current lessons with a standards-aligned lesson from this rich treasury. Come back again and again to teach about generosity, philanthropic historic, issues kids care about, and roles of citizenship.  

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  • January 28, 2016

    With its impact on children and families and the basic right of clean water, the Flint water crisis strikes all of our hearts. The Flint water crisis raises everyone’s awareness of important “invisible” things like infrastructure, environmental stewardship, and political systems.

  • Grade Levels: 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    Learners gain a historical perspective of social injustices (such as racial intolerance) and social needs.  They create an authentic argument for change in a current social justice issue, develop an action plan, and conduct a group service project.

  • Grade Levels: 
    6
    7
    8

    The “freedom songs” became an important motivating force during the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1968. In this unit, students explore the role of music in pulling people together around a cause.

  • Unit: 
    Bullying Prevention Plan
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    Students define bullying and observe and describe some of the consequences to victims, bystanders, and the whole community. Students recognize that bullying behavior is a civil rights issue that must be addressed for their community to be fair and safe for all. They create a s

  • Unit: 
    Refugees and Human Rights
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    This lesson focuses on the language of human rights. Learners examine the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and analyze the rights from a personal perspective. They discuss how well they perceive that the rights are enforced.

  • Unit: 
    Grow Involved 9-12
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    In this lesson, students compare communication styles and read the Autobiography of Malcolm X. They compare the work of Malcolm X with that of Martin Luther King, Jr. Then they raise awareness of the issue of racism through a discussion forum.

  • Unit: 
    Treating Others as You Would Like to be Treated (11th Grade)
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    The learners analyze many variations of the Golden Rule and relate it to the concept of philanthropy and the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Unit: 
    Put Your Hands in Mine (6th Grade)
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    Students connect the concepts/practices of fairness, justice, tolerance, togetherness, and equality to the advancement of human and civil rights. Students share ideas about how they can promote the common good and lead positive social changes.

  • Unit: 
    Can You Lend Me a Hand? (Kindergarten)
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2

    Students will listen and respond to the story of The Little Red Hen. They identify personal actions that make a community stronger and better for all.

  • Unit: 
    Art as Advocacy
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    The learners will view works of art that advocate for social change. They will recognize that art can influence social change. The learners will select an issue of human rights and create a work of art that represents the issue.

  • Unit: 
    Attributes of a Civil Society (9th Grade)
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    Learners define justice, kindness, peace, and tolerance and describe the importance of these attributes of a civil society. They look for examples in the media and brainstorm how they can promote these attributes in their school, community, and the world. 

  • Unit: 
    Painting Pictures with Poetry: Art from the Heart
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    Students will find and discuss examples of philanthropy in poems and quotations. They will define and design statements on the theme of philanthropy using the poetic conventions of metaphor, simile, and personification.

  • Unit: 
    Our Philanthropic Tradition: Intro. to Philanthropy Unit (5th)
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    The students explore family traditions of giving. Using the book Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt as a springboard, they discuss traditions of philanthropy in community.

  • Unit: 
    Giving from the Heart
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2

    Through performing a short play based on the book Quiltmaker’s Gift, the students will understand the idea of using the Arts to do something for the common good.

  • Unit: 
    Public Display of Art (PDA)
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    The learners will explore how a single act of violence or intolerance can effect a large population of people. They will explore alternative ways to voice an opinion in a nonviolent way and learn how acting philanthropically will often produce positive results even out of trag

  • Unit: 
    Writers as Activists
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    By reading about her life and her work, students will understand how Mary Eliza Church Terrell’s writing and activism brought about change for African Americans and women.

  • Unit: 
    Challenging Social Boundaries
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    Students will describe the role that racism plays in self-betrayal and self-deception. They will reflect on how historic racist actions led to the disintegration of society.

  • Unit: 
    Challenging Social Boundaries
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    Students will define stereotype, discrimination and prejudice. They will brainstorm a social action plan to heal racism.

  • Unit: 
    Affirmative Action
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    In this lesson, learners view footage from the PBS documentary Eyes on the Prize on the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957.

  • Unit: 
    Respecting Diversity: The Road To Tolerance
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    Learners will define prejudice, bias, racism, and stereotype so that they will have the necessary skills to analyze the effects these attitudes have on society.

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