My Promise
  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 02. Roles of Government, Business, and Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.5 Recognize that volunteering requires freedom of choice.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 03. Philanthropy and Economics
      1. Benchmark E.11 Describe the difference between volunteer and paid labor.

Students will identify their civic responsibility to their community by creating their own Microsoft PowerPoint (or similar presentation software) slide show depicting their past, present and future actions.

PrintThree Forty-Five Minute Class Periods

The learner will:

  • distinguish between volunteerism and paid labor.
  • evaluate his/her past philanthropic acts, determine his/her current civic responsibility, and predict his/her future philanthropic actions.
  • construct a PowerPoint© (or similar presentation software) slide depicting his/her own philanthropic timeline.
  • Digital camera (take a photo of each student)
  • Access to presentation software, such as PowerPoint, Keynote, or Prezi
  • Computer lab
  • Venn Diagram worksheet (Handout One) for each student.
  • Copy of Slide Template Worksheet (Handout Two) for each student
  • Checklist for Slide Template (Handout Three) for each student
  • Parental Photo Release for each student (Check with your administrator for any parental permission forms on file.)
  1. Anticipatory Set: Read aloud an article from your local newspaper that honors or recognizes a volunteer from your community. Ask the students why this person is being recognized.

  2. Write the word volunteer on the board. Ask students what volunteer means. Refer back to the article and ask students why this person is referred to as a volunteer. Does this person volunteer for any other organizations in the community? Review the meaning of civic virtue.

  3. Distribute the Venn Diagram (Handout One) to the students. Write the name of a person who has a paid position in the school above one circle in the diagram. Write the name of the volunteer in the article above the other circle. The students fill in the diagram to compare and contrast the two workers. It is important to recognize that volunteering requires a freedom of choice. Volunteers may choose to donate their services whereas a paid laborer is required to provide services on a regular basis. Students keep their Venn Diagram worksheet for future reference.

    Day Two:

  4. Distribute Handout Two: Slide Template Worksheet to all students. The teacher will generate a discussion focusing on volunteerism and the right to choose to volunteer. Ask students to brainstorm a list of places or organizations within the community where individuals could volunteer. Ask the students if they have ever volunteered in the past at any of these places. If not, ask students what type of volunteering they have experienced in the past.

  5. Using one or two complete sentences, each student should write where or how they have volunteered in the box located underneath the Past part of the timeline.

  6. Next, students decide where or how they might volunteer at the present time. Each student writes this down in the Present part of the timeline. Remind students to use one or two complete sentences. The Future part of the timeline should be completed once the students have decided where they would like to volunteer in future years (5-10 years in the future).

  7. Next, ask students to draw a line through the word “Your” at the top of the slide. Students should write their own name, with an ’s above this to personalize his or her slide.

  8. The last section to complete on this template is the bottom, right-hand section. Ask students, “How did you feel when you helped your community by volunteering?” It is also important to ask students why they feel this way. Did they make a change? Did they make someone’s day easier? Did they make someone happier? Students fill out this sentence at this time. Once the students have completed all directions for this template, the worksheets should all be collected by the teacher.

    Teacher Prep: Take a digital photo of each student and save for students to use in their presentation. The photos should be taken at close range, generating a photo of the student’s head and face. Create ablank slide template for students to work from.

  9. Day Three:

    Inform the students that they will be creating a slide show of themselves for a class and community presentation. Remind the students that they should do their best work. Give each student a copy of the checklist for creating the slide.

  10. Students may begin their projects using the template provided or create their own.


Teachers will evaluate the students understanding of the terms volunteer and paid labor by reviewing each student’s Venn diagram (Handout One). The PowerPoint slides will be evaluated when the diskettes are turned in to the teacher and reviewed. The Checklist for Slide Template (Handout Four) can be used as a rubric for evaluating each student’s slide.