Unit Overview 

Learners practice philanthropy by reading to younger children over a semester. Through teaming with younger children, they become more knowledgeable about reading and writing strategies and help young children learn to read. Students help younger children write and edit their own pattern books.

Service Experience 
Learners will team with younger children from an elementary school by reading a book to them and discussing it. They will make a connection between the story and the lives of the children. On another occasion they will help the children read a story, aiding them in developing strategies for finding meaning for unknown vocabulary. In other visits, learners will read pattern books to younger children using echo and choral reading strategies and help the children write and illustrate their own pattern books.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Helping Children Learn
Lesson 2 of 4
Grades: 
6
7
8

Through teaming with younger children, learners will determine the meaning of unfamiliar words in context and use encouragement to help others learn to read. They will determine how their acts are a form of community capital as they build trust with their younger learners.

Unit: 
Helping Children Learn
Lesson 3 of 4
Grades: 
6
7
8

Learners will become more knowledgeable about the structures authors use to help young children learn to read. They will continue to work with a team of younger children using different strategies to verbalize their books. Learners will also identify themselves as philanthropists who help their community.