Students learn about bullying from literature to gain different perspectives. They take a survey and analyze the data collected to identify a need. They form groups to develop skits that illustrate "tools" for addressing bullying behavior.
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Students define philanthropy and brainstorm how their time, talent, and treasure can be used to address needs in their school, neighborhood, and larger community. They investigate nonprofit organizations.
Students learn how Jackie Joyner-Kersee is a motivator, both as an athlete and a philanthropist. She demonstrated acts of kindness for the common good through building youth centers across the nation.
Learners discover how celebrities demonstrate their caring by giving their time, talent and treasure and taking action for specific causes. It gives the learners an opportunity to begin to think of what they care about.
By identifying examples of courage from the actions of Jackie Robinson, learners discover that it takes courage to do the right thing in the face of peer pressure.
Learners define respect and explore the meaning of self-respect and respect for others. They explore the relationship of "respect" to definitions and examples of prejudice, bias, racism, and stereotype. Students recognize prejudice and examine how they perceive others.
In this unit the learners define respect as "valuing yourself/being proud of who you are, valuing others; valuing the world around you; being courteous with others and tolerant of personal differences."
In this unit, learners investigate the meaning of respect, especially as it relates to respecting members of diverse groups. Students analyze the dynamics of group formation and describe how inclusion and exclusion from groups can result in conflict and disrespect.
The lessons in this unit will focus on the role of foundations and how they help cultural subgroups within communities.
The lessons that comprise this unit were designed to give students an opportunity to draw from their prior knowledge as well as new experiences to develop a deeper understanding of the concept of philanthropy. Student writing skills are also heavily emphasized in this unit.