Students will summarize the words of Rachel Carson and describe the impact one woman writer had on the world and our environment by reading Part I of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and Al Gore's 1994 introduction to the latest printing of the book.
Students will recognize the linguistic strategies that Alice Walker uses in her introduction to Anything You Love Can Be Saved that persuade readers to believe in her causes, and thus begin to think about techniques that they can use in their own activist writing, which they will do in the final lesson of the unit.
Students will describe how the electoral process functions during an election and analyze the importance of volunteering to participate in the electoral process.
Students will describe the paradox of industrialist John D. Rockefeller a turn of the century monopolist and a generous philanthropist. They will give examples of how his philanthropy continues today through the work of the foundations that survived him. Robert W. Scrivner’s contribution to a better world, through his work with the Rockefeller Family Fund, will be analyzed.
Students will be provided the opportunity to reflect cognitively and effectively upon concepts acquired during the first three lessons by producing a manual of service opportunities within their community. Increasing individual student awareness of opportunities to positively benefit others within their community will be demonstrated through their research and commitment to sharing their manual with members of the local school community and community at large.
Identifying qualities of a hero in life and literature will enable students to conclude that heroic figures are often depicted as, but do not need to be, “larger than life.” Through readings and becoming familiar with the characters portrayed in Greek mythology, they will recognize elements of heroism as acts of philanthropy and advocacy for the common good.
Students will demonstrate the importance that public advocacy for the common good has in developing civic virtue and core democratic values by successfully writing a research- based persuasive essay.
Through reading the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, students will continue to investigate how present-day definitions of heroism have been influenced by cultural heritage and identify philanthropy themes intrinsic in their reading.
Madam C. J. Walker, successful African American business woman, supported many causes with the profits of her business. Students become aware of the many ways people give and consider how they themselves might take philanthropic action.
An activity and picture book discussion illustrate the tendency for people to see differences as a reason to fight. As we see in political divisions, society can be torn apart by factions. Differences provide an opportunity to be curious about someone else. Factions may also have a positive side when like-minded people collaborate to accomplish something difficult.