This lesson focuses on motivations for giving. Learners explore the reasons why they might give treasure and what the impact of their giving might be upon the recipients of their giving.

Focus Question: How do our decisions about spending affect the common good?

The students examine the motivations and work of the painters Van Gogh and Gauguin who were driven by a need to benefit society through art. The students learn how artwork portrays ethnicity and then draw their own portraits to create a display of the diverse faces of the community.

Focus Question: How does an individual use personal interests and strengths to impact the common good?

Students gain an awareness of local organizations that provide services to meet needs in the community. Students learn about the four sectors of the economy that provide help in different forms.

Focus Question: How might individuals and society address the issues of poverty, homelessness and hunger, and their underlying causes?