How Did We Help?

Unit of 4 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
3
4
5
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Arts Education
Issue Area: 
Diverse people
Focus Question 

 How does a community form to address issues for the common good? 

 

Photo Credit:  Blacksmith at Work - Colonial Williamsburg by Derek Key is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

The students learn about the civic contributions from four different groups in history. Literature and documents show the origins of the Core Democratic Values and the development of the United States of America.

Service Experience 
The students create posters using quotes from Poor Richard's Almanack by Benjamin Franklin. The posters will be preserved and displayed in the school and other locations to promote positive social and civic behaviors.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
How Did We Help?
Lesson 3 of 4
Grades: 
3
4
5

Students will research the "Society of Friends"/ Quakers and describe how this group promoted the common good. The Quakers pushed for religious freedom and freedom of choice, which are Core Democratic Values. As a group, they formed organizations to promote social change in the areas of slavery, prison conditions, poverty, Native American affairs and other social causes.

Unit: 
How Did We Help?
Lesson 4 of 4
Grades: 
3
4
5

This lesson will introduce the contributions made by Benjamin Franklin to the United States, both in the past and now. His book, Poor Richards Almanack, displays quotes that summarize his view on what he said and wrote. It will make connections to the common good through the ideas represented. The quotes will be used to create posters.