Students select an issue area and research on the Internet, specifically the Learning to Give briefing papers to identify philanthropists and philanthropic organizations who have an interest in addressing that issue. Using the information gained from research, students write a persuasive letter to a philanthropist or philanthropic organization in support of a worthwhile cause in the community.
Students examine the intent and reality of the orphan train and discuss whether it was an effective solution to child homelessness. They write and speak about the traits of someone who takes action for others and civil society.
Students read about the Orphan Train and compare and contrast how that philanthropic effort has evolved today.
Students will be able to write a research paper on their participation in the project.
The learner will experience the process of identifying needs of the community and making decisions based on the urgency of those needs. They will also experience the planning process that occurs when developing steps to alleviate the need.
Students will share their experiences volunteering for a philanthropic organization with others.
The students will write a business letter to the service professional organization they have chosen requesting information about the organization and its cause. This information will be the foundation for the research paper each student will write.
The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the students to the Social Action Project.
Students will be able to demonstrate the importance of promotion and advertising to recruit individuals to participate in a philanthropic organization.