Small personal actions can be first steps in a life of service and civic engagement. Voting and civic action are small examples of responsible citizenship. Advocating for what we value is a demonstration of a citizen's rights. ...
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Unit: Small Steps; Great Journeys
Unit: Character Education: Honesty (Grade 8)
This lesson explores how people can be honest with themselves. Learners reflect on how they can be honest with themselves and take personal responsibility.
Unit: Character Education: Perseverance (Grade 6)
Learners write an acrostic poem about Dr. King's life and work, focusing particularly on his perseverance. ...
Unit: Drumming from the Heart
The children visit a local preschool or retirement facility of their choosing to read aloud a book they wrote and illustrated about generous giving. They share a drumming experience and give the drums and books as gifts. ...
Unit: Character Education: Fairness (Grade 8)
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: The Important Thing About Reading
In this lesson, we explore the value of reading and discuss why it is good for the community when everyone has access to books.
Unit: Roots of Philanthropy (Teen)
Youth Activity: Students brainstorm time, talent, and treasure examples that they have to offer/give. The activity will ask each person to think of some ways he/she can generate money.
Unit: Art for the Common Good—Junkanoo!
In this lesson, groups work together to make their headdresses based on a common design. Each person makes their own headdress that fits the group theme but has their own style or cultural uniqueness. The groups compete against each other, so the group...
Unit: Personal Giving Mission Statement
Learners look at nonprofit mission statements and then create a personal mission statement related to the impact they want to make as responsible, engaged citizens.
Focus Question: How does an individual use personal interests and strengths to impact the common good?
What is something that makes you excited to get up in the morning and gives you energy? Whatever that vision is, that is your "spark." Young people may not know what their spark is today, and it may change many times over...