Sharing the Joy of a Garden
Through the use of a trade book, students will see that a garden is a place where an individual can go for inner peace and solitude. They will see that a garden is to be shared.
- explain that a garden has additional value other than as a place where flowers and vegetables grow.
- describe the importance that a garden has to the environment and lives of individuals who use it.
- describe philanthropic activity as something that is done for the common good.
- The Book: The Gardener by Sarah Stewart (see Bibliographic References).
Stewart, Sarah. The Gardener. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1977. ISBN: 0374425183
Anticipatory Set: Ask students to discuss their experiences with gardens and gardening. Have students tell what gardens have meant to them and to others.
- Read The Gardener, written by Sarah Stewart, to the class.
- Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.
- Discuss the book from the philanthropic view by asking, "How does Lydia give of her time, talent and treasure?" and "How was Lydia philanthropic?" Ask "Were any other characters in the story philanthropic?"
- Ask, "How could the class participate in a similar act?"
Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
Benchmark E.1 Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.