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Using literature as a starting point, the students discuss the benefits sharing, giving back, and being open to diverse people. They practice sharing in a situation where there is a scarcity of resources, specifically in a book drive.
The book When Marian Sang inspires listeners about Marian Anderson's historic performance at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 and her struggles as an African American artist.
Students identify philanthropy in three different genres of literature: a play, a fable, and a parable. The students learn about community and helping others by addressing a need.
Students will gain an understanding of philanthropy and the issue of hunger. They form a connection with and visit a local nonprofit organization, such as a soup kitchen. They use song, literature, measurement, maps, and art in their exploration of community service.
Students read the story Seedfolks and participate in discussions and activities centering around the characters' actions that lead to the creation of community.
This lesson focuses on two young Jewish survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death camp. As they return to their home town and the concentration camp, they each tell their story and explain why they were willing to return to such an emotionally devastating place.
Through literature, students see a garden as a place where an individual can go for inner peace and solitude. They show environmental responsibility by sharing a garden within a community.