How Do They Care?
  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
    2. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark MS.2 Describe the importance of hearing all voices in a community and respecting their right to be heard.
      2. Benchmark MS.3 Give an example of how philanthropy can transcend cultures.
  2. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Identify and give examples of stewardship in cultural traditions around the world.
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Identify and describe the actions of how citizens act for the common good.
      3. Benchmark MS.5 Describe the responsibility students have to act in the civil society sector to improve the common good.

Learners discover how celebrities demonstrate their caring by giving their time, talent and treasure and taking action for specific causes. It gives the learners an opportunity to begin to think of what they care about.

PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • identify how some celebrities care for specific causes.
  • list what they care about enough to give their time, talent, and tresure and take action.

Journals or paper to write a list

Student copies of Celebrities Who Care handout (cut apart for matching)

Home Connection: 

Suggest that the learner talk to friends and family about what they care enough about to take action to get additional ideas before the next lesson. The learners can research some of the organizations supported by the celebrities and decide if they also care about those causes and issues.

  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Ask the learners to raise their hands if they have heard of the celebrities you are going to name. Name one at a time -- Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Annie Lennox, Tim McGraw, Mariah Carey, George Clooney, Bono -- and wait after each name for hands to be raised. Comment that they seem to know a lot of these people as celebrities.

  2. Ask if they know anything about these celebrities as philanthropists -- people who give their time, talent, or treasure and take action for the common good. Allow time for the learners to share any information they have about the charity work of these people. Tell the learners that each of these celebrities deeply cares about issues and takes action to address those issues.

  3. Tell the learners they are going pair up to play a celebrity/charity match game. Allow the learners to find a partner of their choice. Distribute Handout One: Celebrity Match and instruct the pairs to work together to determine what each celebrity cares about by drawing a line from the name to the description of their philanthropic work. Allow time for the pairs to determine the matches.

  4. As a whole class, go through each name and ask for pairs to identify the caring match. Allow time to discuss why the person's way of caring might be appropriate to his/her time, talent, and treasure.

  5. Suggest that each of these people has discovered their philanthropic passion -- what causes or social issues they care enough about to take action for.

  6. Ask the learners to list in their journals three to five causes or social issues they care about enough about to take action by giving their time, talent, or treasure.