Unit Overview 
Students respond to literature about Martin Luther King, Jr. and compare his views on service to the philosophies of characters in books and a movie (some fiction, some nonfiction). Students learn that service and social action by one person can change the world. They learn about serial reciprocity and explore the issues of violence, prejudice, and racism.
Service Experience 
  This unit contains four opportunities for student service: Pay It Forward (Grade 9) - advocate for service to others Promote Nonviolence  (Grade 10) - organizing a rally for nonviolence Do the Write Thing (Grade 11) - take a stand on a issue through a letter-writing campaign A Forum on Racism  (Grade 12) - hold an information forum on racism
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Grow Involved 9-12
Lesson 2 of 5
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

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.

Unit: 
Grow Involved 9-12
Lesson 5 of 5
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. They plan and hold the forum in the community.