Music may bring joy or it may help people reflect on their feelings. The "freedom songs" may have motivated the Civil Rights activists as they sought to aid the common good, and we can bring music to someone in the community as a gift of generosity and inspiration.
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Unit: Music of the Civil Rights Era, 1954-1968
"Freedom songs" were an important motivating force during the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968. Through music we explore the important figures in the Civil Rights Movement and their contribution to the common good....
Unit: Power and Race in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Using award-winning literature, the learners describe and analyze racism in Mississippi during the Great Depression. The readers identify the injustices in the community as well as the values and self-respect that build community relationships and strength. ...
Unit: Character Education: Fairness (Grade 8)
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: Phil Up on the Arts
Discuss when permission is needed in order to perform an act of philanthropy. Learn and practice a song about giving. ...
The young people create a video by compiling recordings of the songs and acting they did as a group to communicate the meaning of acting for the common good. They share their video with a local hospital, retirement community, or preschool as entertainment.
Unit: Cultural Competence
We define culture and explore the cultural traits of individuals and the group collectively.
Unit: Repairing the World (Private-Religious)
This lesson emphasizes the importance of "V’ahavta Lereacha Kamocha – Love Your Friend as Yourself." Children discuss the importance of helping others and will have the opportunity to have firsthand experience in this aspect of tikkun olam.
Unit: Let's Make Lemonade
We define the vocabulary in the definition of philanthropy through an original song with a familiar tune.