Investing In Others (6-8)

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
6
7
8
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Global
Focus Question 

What is it like to be homeless? What is our responsibility to address the issues of poverty, hunger, and homelessness? 

 

Photo Credit:  Homeless by Pedro Riberio Simoes is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Students construct a simple shelter to gain a sense of empathy for the situation of people who are homeless. After reading an article about homelessness by Anna Quindlen, they discuss a respectful way to use the language that describes a group of people who are vulnerable. They reflect on basic needs that may be difficult to meet when one doesn’t have a home. 

Service Experience 
Students identify local and global nonprofits that are working to reduce poverty and homelessness. Find out what their needs are and engage the students in fundraising, advocacy (using social media to raise awareness of the issue), or helping with projects locally. They may take action by creating personal hygiene kits to assist homeless people. 
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Investing In Others (6-8)
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students discuss the word homeless and how it is used in a sentence (as adjective and noun). After reading an article about homelessness by Anna Quindlen, they discuss a respectful way to use the language that describes a group of people who are vulnerable.

Unit: 
Investing In Others (6-8)
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students reflect on basic needs that may be difficult to meet when one doesn’t have a home. They take action by creating personal hygiene kits or asking a local nonprofit how they can help support their efforts to assist homeless people.