Who Cares About Needs in the Community?

9, 10, 11, 12

To introduce students to the procedures of interviewing others and creating their own newspaper.

Lesson Rating 
PrintOne Fifty Minute Class Period

The learner will:

  • develop 10 open-ended questions for a simulated agency director interview
  • role play an agency director and interviewer.
  • write an article based on the simulated interview.
  • Poster-board
  • Markers
  • Student-gathered research materials

Student-gathered research materials.


  1. Anticipatory Set:Ask students to complete the statement, "I want this job because..."


  2. Direct students to write ten open-ended interview questions.

  3. Have the class form pairs, interview each other as "reporter" and "Agency Director" and reverse roles.

  4. Select two pairs to conduct their interviews as an example for the whole class.

  5. Students will write an article based on their role-playing exercise. The interview will be added to previous United Way articles.

  6. Each group should include at least one article from each member for the poster-board display. Remind students to outline the paper first before putting it on poster-board.


Interview articles and display board.

Cross Curriculum 

Students participating in academic service learning activity should be given time to share their experience with the class. (See Lesson One.)

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 02. Careers In The Nonprofit Sector
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Identify and explain how career options in the civil-society sector benefit communities.