We define what fairness means and compare and contrast definitions. Participants build empathy as they discuss others' experiences with fairness.
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Several questions spark conversation and critical thinking about the meaning of fairness. Learners work together to create a definition of fairness.
In the final reflection, the learners connect the concepts of fairness and philanthropy through written a response to a quote or personal experience.
In response to the story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, learners reflect on the barriers and challenges to addressing an unfair situation. Given a list of ways to respond to unfair situations, they match them to a list of unfair situations.
Learners read about and discuss Fair Trade and how it relates to justice, fairness, and equity.
Learners reflect on their attitude about and responsibility for making fair choices about spending. They use the literary device of metaphor to express their thoughts.
Learners discuss the fair use of copyrighted music. They explore how downloading music and movies affects the artists and producers who created the pieces. Learners write a statement of fair use.
Learners meet in a "round" to discuss issues of fairness and the common good. They explore how downloading music for free affects the common good. They brainstorm other issues of fairness that affect the common good.
Unit: Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks’s acts of philanthropy brought a community of people together for the common good and resulted in major social change in her community and in the nation. Young people identify the relationship between individual rights, justice, equality, and community responsibility.