George H.W. Bush and Points of Light
Enduring Understanding: Students identify George H. W. Bush as the father of the modern service movement and identify philanthropy and the civil society sector as part of the fabric of the U.S. and democracy.
Students explore the legacy of George H. W. Bush and how he contributed to the common good as part of his lifelong commitment to service and through his Points of Light initiative. They compare and contrast the four economic sectors and how they meet needs differently. They write a persuasive piece about government philanthropy. They trace the impact of Bush's points of light speech through one organization and advocate for an issue that contributes to the common good.
Students explore the legacy of George H. W. Bush and how he has contributed to the common good as part of his lifelong commitment to service and through his Points of Light initiative. The students work in small groups to answer questions and present to the class for discussion. Each student writes a tribute to someone he or she knows who inspires civic action.
Students define and give examples of government philanthropy. They compare and contrast the four economic sectors. Small groups research a historical example of government philanthropy or civic action and write a persuasive piece to advocate for an issue related to government philanthropy.
Students view primary documents to explore public policy on service. They make meaning of the government role and citizen responsibility in civic action. They make a personal plan of service based on their available time, talent, and treasure.