Project—Going to the Round Table (The)

6, 7, 8

To gain active student involvement discussing an issue they find important.

Lesson Rating 
One 60-Minute Class Period

The Learner will:

  • use skills and concepts developed in this unit to analyze a specific situation that might warrant the intervention of volunteers or volunteer organizations.

  • Group Discussion Scoring Guide Fishbowl Evaluation Form (see Attachment One)
  • Group Discussion Scoring Checklist Fishbowl Evaluation Form (see Attachment Two)
  • Tape recorder
  • Chairs


Fishbowl Evaluation Forms courtesy of the Michigan Department of Education.


  1. Anticipatory Set:Tell the class the they should keep in mind the question, "Whose job should it be and why?"

  2. Each cooperative group will select one individual to participate in a "round table discussion"The group discussion will be based upon a question posed on a specific topic. A sample question could be: "Which community needs are the responsibility of government, and which should be handled by local non-profit, philanthropic organizations?"

  3. The students in the discussion will demonstrate their understanding of philanthropy, volunteerism, and service to others through their discussions.

  4. Students not on the Discussion Panel will have Fishbowl Evaluation Forms (Attachments One and Two) to fill out to help evaluate each student and give them an opportunity to demonstrate their own understanding of the topic discussed.


Fishbowl Evaluation Forms will be used to evaluate the students.
Tape recordings of students will be assessed using the same Fishbowl Evaluation forms. Note: Parental permission is advised before taping students either by audiotape or videotape.

Cross Curriculum 

Students will be active participants in a round table discussion about a local issue.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 07. Skills of Civic Engagement
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Identify and research public or social issues in the community, nation or the world related to the common good. Form an opinion, and develop and present a persuasive argument using communication tools.
  2. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Provide a needed service.

Academic Standards

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