ECHO, ECHO, ECHO—Each Can Help Others

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Focus Question 

 How can our voice be used to make communities stronger?


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Unit Overview 

Historical figures, who acted as philanthropists, have had an impact on society and serve as models of philanthropy. Students will be an echo in their community by performing and sharing acts of kindness, serving to spread philanthropy to others (serial reciprocity). Persuasive speeches will encourage students to participate in philanthropy in the future.

Service Experience 
Students will carry out an act of philanthropy by giving a persuasive speech to younger students. Students' speeches will include details of philanthropic acts within the community, home/family and school. In addition to speeches, students will commit to an act of philanthropy in each of the three areas.
Lessons in This Unit 
ECHO, ECHO, ECHO—Each Can Help Others
Lesson 2 of 3

Students define philanthropy as giving time, talent, or treasure for the common good. They learn about community philanthropy and make a presentation persuading others to act philanthropically in a specific way (volunteering, contributing to a nonprofit, or advocating for a cause). This lesson will raise awareness of philanthropic opportunities within our local communities, homes/family, and school. Based on guidelines for writing persuasively, students create persuasive speeches encouraging philanthropy.