The learner will define the third sector and explain why it is important. Students will research United States nonprofit institutions, specifically those which minority groups accessed and used as an alternative power structure.
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Learners will research various leaders of marginalized, disenfranchised and/or disadvantaged groups who used the nonprofit sector as an alternative power structure to make positive changes in society. They will identify the core democratic values that each leader focused on, and present the...
Unit: Philanthropic Research
Students will analyze how the executive branch enforces laws through its departments and executive agencies. They will also investigate how public interest groups serve as watchdogs on government, protecting and advancing the rights of citizens. In many cases nonprofit organizations work with...
Unit: Advise and Consent
Even the person viewed as the most powerful person in the world does not have unlimited power. Constitutionally, the president of the United States is limited by the "advise and consent" rule (and other checks and balances). The learners look at the importance...
Using the examples of history, the learners will describe the benefits of forming a non-profit organization to accomplish a cause rather than working alone. They will experience how a non-profit organization works by forming a mock organization within their classroom.
Unit: Let's Make Lemonade
Students will visit a local food pantry to present money from the lemonade sale and determine when and how food will be purchased for the community. (If a trip is not possible, a representative from the food pantry may be asked to come to the classroom to receive the donation.)
Unit: Be the Change: Democracy
Students read and analyze different leadership types and then create a visual presentation about a "servant leader" who puts the needs of those served first. They may explore the rich Our State of Generosity website to read about...
The president of the United States is often considered to be the most powerful person in the world. Students will analyze how significant presidential power is and investigate ways that it creates tension between the executive and legislative branches of the government.
The learners will trace how executive power is derived and used in this country, and evaluate its potential for influencing change in the nation.
Focus Question: How can our voice be used to make communities stronger?