November: Families and Generosity
November is a month of abundance as well as hunger; gratitude as well as generosity. We honor traditions of Indigenous people/Native Americans whose gratitude and generosity come from a deep tie to nature and the earth. Many people in America celebrate the family holiday of Thanksgiving, a time to show gratitude and generosity. We also bring our focus to elections and personal responsibility for the good of all.
- Native American / Indigenous Heritage Month - Through literature and discussion, we build awareness of the culture and contributions of Indigenous people. Link to resources related to Indigenous people on LTG.
- Election Day (first Tuesday after the first Monday in November) - Empower youth to use their voice to be advocates and promote each person's voice.
- Veterans Day (November 11): Use this teachable moment to focus on the contributions of "real" heroes for the common good, and plan for a way they can become heroes in even a small way in their community through service and volunteerism. View the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. View the History Channel's Take a Veteran to School project. See Learning to Give lesson plans below.
- National Philanthropy Day (November 15): This day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving – how it has enhanced our civic society, as well as what there still is to do. View Lesson Plans co-created with NPD and Learning to Give.
- Thanksgiving Day: In this season of giving, reflect on what they are thankful for and how they can "pay it forward" to others. It is also a great time to learn about hunger and take action to address the issues of hunger and poverty in the community.
- GivingTuesday follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday, redirecting attitudes to generosity and caring on the second biggest giving day of the year. See TeachOne lesson plans below.