Be the Change: Core Values

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
9
10
11
12
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Arts Education
Media / Technology
Issue Area: 
Civil society
Focus Question 

What does it mean to be a member of a community? 

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Unit Overview 

Students engage in a variety of activities that enable them to explore their identity and the responsibilities of citizenship. They reflect on the qualities of a leader and create and donate a children's book.

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Service Experience 
Students identify one way they can make their community match their ideal community. Assign them the task of intentionally acting on what they select. They make a plan and carry it out to address a community need. Students reflect on what qualities of citizenship they want to share with younger children and write a children's book that tells a story and communicates the value of that citizenship quality. They read the book to younger children and donate the book to a library or community center where children will read and learn from their example.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Be the Change: Core Values
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

Students explore identity traits through some reflection and discussion activities. They discuss how a community is strengthened by similarities and differences among them. Each student writes a biographical poem using the provided template and their discussion notes.