Unit Overview 

Looking at historical situations of economic difficulty in the United States, the learners analyze presidential decisions and the role of philanthropy during such times. Students will define poverty, connect it to human rights issues, and analyze how nonprofit organizations have an important role to play in alleviating the effects of poverty. The learners will read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Service Experience 
The learners will create posters illustrating Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that are violated through poverty and will use the posters to inform the student body of the problem through an article in the school newspaper.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
For the Well-Being of Our Citizens
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

In times of economic difficulties, people often look to the Federal Government to solve their problems. Learners will compare two presidents and view how they saw the role of the Federal Government in times of difficulty. They will also see that both presidents felt there was a need for individual and community philanthropy.

Unit: 
For the Well-Being of Our Citizens
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

Learners will define poverty by listing its characteristics and effects. They will identify organizations which serve those who are in poverty. They will analyze the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and determine whether poverty is a violation of the document’s principles.

Unit: 
For the Well-Being of Our Citizens
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

The learners will analyze why nonprofit organizations are needed, especially when there are for profit and governmental institutions which do some of the same work. They will investigate an international and a local nonprofit which work to alleviate poverty in the community and describe the importance of philanthropy in the community.