Character Education: Caring (Grade 8)

Unit of 5 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Language Arts
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Focus Question 

What role does caring play in relationships and life success?  How can developing caring equip people as world citizens who contribute to the common good? 

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Unit Overview 

This unit allows learners to investigate and expand their understanding of caring and to identify things or people they care about. They will determine different ways that they can show caring; relate enlightened self-interest to caring by discussing a quote from Alexis de Tocqueville about the American tradition of democracy; and they will reflect on how philanthropy, enlightened self-interest and caring are related.

Service Experience 
Students look for opportunities to demonstrate caring to improve the relationships in their lives and communities. 
Lessons in This Unit