Learners will discuss important writings in the American philanthropic tradition.
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Students imagine they were given $500,000 to award to a nonprofit organization of their choice. They explore options and discuss how to determine which is a good issue and organization to donate their funds. ...
Learners will describe the essential elements of life and democracy. They will explain that without the proper materials, plants are unable to grow and thrive; without an active citizenry, democracy cannot grow and prosper.
Unit: Bridges for All
Students describe the brave work of one female Quaker who served a lifeline for fugitives and freedmen before the Civil War. They research several examples of the philanthropic work of individuals and organizations before, during, and after the Civil War....
The purpose of the lesson is to learn about the uses of water, the water cycle, and to discuss the importance of water as a nonrenewable resource. A further purpose is to discuss why being good stewards of this resource is acting for the Common Good.
Students view primary documents to explore public policy on service. They make meaning of the government role and citizen responsibility in civic action. They make a personal plan of service based on their available time, talent, and treasure.
Unit: Affirmative Action
In this lesson, the class prepares for two mock Supreme Court trials, considering the scenarios from Lessons One and Two. The Court will also use these models to decide the outcomes of the cases. As an ongoing Current Events assignment, learners will track affirmative action proposals and...
In this lesson, students analyze and define the concept of community. The middle-school students identify their responsibilities for the common good in their role as citizens in the school community. They list ways they can help the younger students enter their school community successfully....
Unit: One Person's Trash
By reviewing, debating, and voting on a final set of classroom rules that will govern classroom behavior, students will learn and participate in a democratic process related to the rule of law.