From books and research, young people read about the Aztec Empire practice of human sacrifice, which was seen as a gift to help the community. Discuss the concept of sacrifice for the common good and debate individual rights and community responsibility when taking action for the common good....
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Unit: Common Good in Aztec Culture
Unit: Growing an Environmental Steward
Learners share what they learned about an environmental issue with the community.
Unit: Art as Advocacy
The learners view works of art that advocate for social change and find that art can influence social change. The learners select an issue of human rights and create a work of art that represents the issue. They write a paragraph of explanation about their work....
Unit: Three Chinese Stories
Through discussion of the book The Seven Chinese Brothers, learners recognize that using our talents and working together to help others has benefits greater than the opportunity cost (what we gave up to take generous action). ...
Unit: Cultural Competence
This activity explores the difference between anti-racism, which includes active steps away from injustice, and non-racism, which is a passive description.
Unit: Investing In Others
The youth reflect on basic needs that may be difficult to meet when one doesn’t have a home. They take action by creating personal hygiene kits or asking a local nonprofit how they can help support their efforts to assist people who are homeless.
Unit: Character Education: Courage (Grade 8)
Learners reflect on the relationship between courage and fear, and identify the different character attributes that guide us when facing a challenge.
Unit: Character Education: Honesty (Grade 6)
Learners may use either journaling or role-playing to reflect on the benefits to the community of truthfulness and straightforward actions. They analyze traits and actions of someone who has built a "good reputation."
Unit: Philanthropy—Essential to a Democratic Society
Learners recognize the value of nonprofit organizations and identify how nonprofits meet citizen needs when government can't.
Unit: Courage of the Heart
Participants learn about the scientific contributions of African American inventors and scientists today and in the past.