Learners read and discuss a story about an act of caring. They brainstorm five ideas for simple acts of caring that make a difference to at least one person.
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Unit: Character Education: Caring (Grade 7)
Unit: Cultural Competence
One of the keys to unlocking cultural competence is reading diverse books with characters and locations that represent a variety of cultures. In this activity, young people define and discuss the value of representation. They do an audit of a book collection to identify representation and gaps....
Unit: Courage of the Heart
Youth learn about the work of African American inventors who had a positive influence on society by contributing scientific innovation for the common good.
Unit: Three Chinese Stories
Based on the book The Runaway Rice Cake, the group writes a familiar story from a different perspective. The moral of the story is that when the character gives generously and from the heart, the giver is also rewarded in some way.
Unit: Character Education: Trustworthiness (Grade 6)
Learners explore the qualities that make a friend trustworthy and determine whether you can be friends with someone you don't trust.
Using Guidestar as a source, young people identify three nonprofits and their mission statements.
Unit: Character Education: Courage (Grade 6)
Learners explore stories about a hero, Nelson Mandela, whose actions changed the course of history.
Unit: Writers as Activists
Students identify causes they care about and related nonprofits or community resources. They use writing as a tool to make a difference, using persuasive writing techniques.
Unit: Philanthropy and Children Who Are Homeless
Students examine the intent and reality of the orphan train and discuss whether it was an effective solution to child homelessness. They write and speak about the traits of someone who takes action for others and civil society.
Unit: Phil Up on the Arts
Stretching imagination and vocabulary, youth brainstorm words that demonstrate kindness and generosity. Being playful with their postures and shadows, youth work cooperatively with one or two others to act out their ideas and form alphabet letters.