Grow Involved 9-12
Focus Question: How does an individual use personal interests and strengths to impact the common good?
Students respond to literature about Martin Luther King, Jr. They examine his philosophy about serving and taking action. They follow his model to promote the idea of doing good for others. Students learn that service and social action by one person can change the world.
In this lesson, students define "pay it forward" and watch a movie (or movie clips) from the movie Pay it Forward. They compare the concept of paying it forward (serial reciprocity) with the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. Then they brainstorm issues and campaigns they can address to make an impact that ripples forward as a result of their influence. Students design a Pledge Banner with a slogan and individual pledges of service that raisees the awareness of an issue they care about. They display the Pledge Banner in an appropriate place of their choice.
Students read To Kill a Mockingbird and discuss examples of violence. They promote the idea of doing for others by organizing a rally for nonviolence.
Students read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and then promote the idea of doing for others by writing letters to government officials to take a stand on an issue.
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. They plan and hold the forum in the community.