Advisory in Action

6, 7, 8

Learners will analyze the importance of allowing all citizens the opportunity to contribute to the common good and will identify needs and resources to set up and maintain a service learning project.

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PrintOne Forty-Minute Class Period

The learner will:

  • describe resources of time, talent and treasure that contribute to the common good.
  • identify the importance of citizenship participation in the community.
  • research programs that benefit the community and allow for community service.
  • Local Need Selection Worksheet ( handout)
  • At least five pieces of chart paper and a variety of markers
  • Masking tape
  • Journal

Webb, Tom. Unit: “Role of Philanthropy in an Everchanging World.”



  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Begin the day with the following quote:

    “Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life's blood. But everyone has something to give.”

    -- Barbara Bush

    Say to the learners: “It is much easier to identify treasure as a source of giving. It is much more difficult to identify time or talent that can be a source of giving.” Ask the students to identify one thing (time or talent) that they can offer or give to another.

  2. Create a T-chart on chart paper, labeling one side Time and the other Talents. Ask for examples and list the items mentioned by the students under the respective title. After going around once, proceed to list as many items as possible. Hang on the wall.

  3. On a different piece of chart paper, create a list of treasures (money, gently used items, homemade items) that the students possess. Hang on the wall next to Time and Talents .

  4. Ask the learners to discuss whether the participation of citizens, especially those who are not old enough to vote yet, is important to a strong community and society.

  5. Say: “Now that we have identified our time, talent and treasure, we are going to create a list of needs within the community.” On three separate pieces of chart paper, label the first School Community Needs , label the second Neighborhood Needs , and label the third Larger Community Needs . On the first piece of chart paper, brainstorm a list of needs within the school community. On the second piece of chart paper brainstorm a list of community needs within the neighborhood of the school. On the third piece of chart paper, brainstorm a list of needs from the larger community (think city or county-wide). (Teacher Note: Be sure to leave space beside each idea for the next step.)

  6. Upon completion of the brainstorming, go back through each list, but evaluate each item on the list as a need of time, talent or treasure or a combination of the three. List this beside each item on the chart paper. Hang on the wall.

  7. As a group, look for any correlations where community needs can be met by the group's time/talent/treasure. Refer to or use Local Need Selection Worksheet ( Attachment One ) to assist in this process.

  8. Once these have been identified, refer to Journal notes from the philanthropy presentations in the previous lesson. Are there any organizations that help support the needs of the nearby community that tie into the group's time/talent/treasure? Use local resources or the Internet to research various groups and their programs.

  9. Decide as a group the type of service learning project that would best meet the needs of the community and utilize the time, talent and treasure the group possesses.

  10. Collaboratively make the necessary contacts to conduct the service learning project. Upon contact, create a list of expectations for the service learning project, the group, the individuals and expected outcomes.


Teacher observation of student participation will serve as the assessment for this lesson.

Cross Curriculum 

Students will identify and create a year-long learning service project that meets a need of the school community or outside community.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 01. Needs Assessment
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Identify a need in the school, local community, state, nation, or world.
    2. Standard VS 02. Service and Learning
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Select a service project based on interests, abilities and research.