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Justice-Related Service-Learning

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Justice-Related Service-Learning

This Issue Area Toolkit provides lesson plans and service-learning project ideas related to Justice, Civil Rights and Advocacy.  

The step-by-step guide helps teachers and parents teach the background of justice and advocacy. It provides local and online community resources, and sparks ideas for actions related to advocacy, justice, and civil rights.


Connect what you're already teaching to issues kids care about

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Connect what you're already teaching to issues kids care about

You don’t have to adopt a new curriculum. Learning to Give's standards-aligned lessons inspire students to use their hearts and minds to impact their community and themselves.

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  • Grade Levels: 
    K
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    2
    3
    4
    5

    It this unit of three lessons, we build a caring classroom culture using literature and movie clips to spark discussions. In lesson one students learn about mindfulness and gratitude to reduce anxiety. In lesson two, they learn how to listen, act, and show empathy in difficult situations.

  • Unit: 
    Art as Advocacy
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    The learners will view works of art that advocate for social change. They will recognize that art can influence social change. The learners will select an issue of human rights and create a work of art that represents the issue.

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    What Goes Around, Comes Around!
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    The purpose of this lesson is to explore the contributions artists make for the common good. We learn how their work is supported by philanthropy and nonproft organizations that assure we have access to art.

  • Unit: 
    Powerful Words Can Warm the Heart
    Grades 
    3
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    5

    The purpose of this lesson is to show that artists are a valuable part of a community and to explore how they contribute to the public good.

  • Unit: 
    Poetry for the Common Good
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2

    Students will understand that you find poetry everywhere: lyrics to songs, commercials and rap. They will also realize that themes of giving are often found in poetry. Students will write poems with giving themes. Sharing their poems is considered an act of generosity.

  • Unit: 
    Painting Pictures with Poetry: Art from the Heart
    Grades 
    6
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    8

    Students will find and discuss examples of philanthropy in poems and quotations. They will define and design statements on the theme of philanthropy using the poetic conventions of metaphor, simile, and personification.

Simple Safe Service

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Simple Safe Service

Service Projects you can do from home! These Simple Safe Service projects give your family ideas for generous actions that encourage youth voice and promote the common good, even when we are apart. Each project includes step-by-step instructions, reflection, and a connection to an optional lesson plan. Share student work using #DoGoodFromHome while #LearningtoGive on Social Media. 

Guides include Grow Something to Give, Shout Out to Teachers, Conversations with Grandparents, Uplifting Art in the Community and more! 

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