Dear Philanthropist

Unit of 4 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
9
10
11
12
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Diverse people
Focus Question 

Focus Question: What can we learn from diverse people today and in history about private action for the common good?

 

Photo Credit:  Nursing Students in Peru 2009 by Marquette University is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

In this unit, learners conduct investigations to discover what motivated philanthropists from history to engage in their work. They present this information, both orally and in writing, creating a public or online display of that philanthropist's life and work.

Service Experience 
Students prepare visual presentations on their chosen philanthropist for public and school display. These presentations can be set up for "Make A Difference Day" celebrations, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, or various school-sponsored events. These displays are suitable for use in local libraries, city hall, or other public buildings.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Dear Philanthropist
Lesson 4 of 4
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

After researching the life and work of a chosen philanthropist from history, the learner takes on the role of that philanthropist in writing a letter to the learner. In this letter, the philanthropist discusses his/her motivations and feelings about his/her work, and compares and contrasts his/her work with the philanthropic work of the learner. The learner also prepares his/her previously created visual presentation and the two letters s/he has written for public display.