When life is at its most difficult and grief is great, a generous sacrifice can move the spirit toward life again. In these folktales, two Inuits face death with a truly generous spirit.
Sometimes you have to give up what you truly love to get what you really want. That can be a hard lesson when you have almost nothing. This lesson looks at who has the responsibility to be generous and what changes can come about because of one’s generosity.
As demonstrated in these folktales, even the smallest things, when shared, can be examples of philanthropy.
The featured folktales explore themes of helping people make judgments of integrity in different situations.
These Australian folktales compare selfish and unselfish behaviors and tell the origin story of our permanent responsibility as caretaker of the land.
This lesson introduces the type of folklore known as folktales. Young people identify the traits of folklore found in cultures across the world, including the common theme of "philanthropic giving."
Learners research a natural disaster and examples of aid to help the affected populations. They learn the roles of the four sectors in responding to the needs. They participate in a collection campaign or other service project and learn about organizations to which they can contribute their philanthropy. Youth carry out the project, track their results, advocate for the cause, and reflect on their participation.
Learners use economic thinking to determine how to allocate their scarce resources for community service.
Young people learn about the variety of ways citizens can become active participants in the community: political parties, interest groups, voting, and providing public service.
Through a fable, learners discuss how generosity improves the quality of life in their communities.