A Local Marshall Plan: Bringing 'Renewal' to Our Community

9, 10, 11, 12

The purpose of this lesson is to integrate and apply the concepts identified, discussed, and evaluated in the first three lessons of this unit to a local community service project that will promote the common good.

Lesson Rating 
PrintOne to Two 50 Class Periods and a Field Trip/Service Component

The learner will:

  • research service possibilities within the community
  • develop a plan for a service project
  • develop a spreadsheet for the service project's plan and budget
  • implement the service project
  • reflect upon the service project
  • Set of local/regional newspapers, one perlearner
  • Access to Excel spreadsheet software
  • Samples of the Fund-Raising Organizer from David Bauer's Fundraising Primer
Home Connection 

Ask the learners to discuss their service 'renewal' ideas with their caregivers to get feedback and at the conclusion of their 'renewal' service project have them share their reflection assignment with caregivers.


Bauer, David.  Fundraising Primer.


  1. Anticipatory Set:

  2. Teacher Note: The headings of Government and Individual are pretty much self explanatory, while the following definitions of For Profit and Non Profit organizations may not be so familiar:

    For profit, n) Any organization considered to be a commercial enterprise whose purpose it is to provide a service while making money for its owners and/or stock holders; a non tax-exempt organization. Examples: a local business, a factory, a car dealer, a store/mall, etc.

    A Non Profit, n) any not-for-profit or tax-exempt organization that is specifically not associated with any government, government agency, or commercial enterprise Examples: Humane Society, hospital, police, fire department, Boys and Girls Club, religious institutions, etc].

    Note too, that the term Individual, in this context, can refer to an individual or a small group of individuals. Examples: a classroom, a neighborhood, family, etc.

    Provide each learner with a copy of a local or regional newspaper. Have them quickly scan the newspaper for articles of local/regional interest that point out a problem or a need in their community. Discuss some ways to resolve and address this situation; the Government (local, State, National), a For Profit Organization, a Non-Profit Organization, or an individual or small group. Place each identified problem or need under a heading/term and list ways to resolve and address that particular problem or need.

    Teacher Note: It is possible that a particular problem or need may fall under more than one heading.

    Have the learners now share any other local issues that are prevalent but may not have been in the local paper scanned today, and place these additional needs/problems under their appropriate headings.

  3. Identify those needs/problems that fall under Individual and reduce the list of needs/problems to four or five situations.

  4. Assign learners to groups of 3-5 based ontheir interest in becoming involved in one of these four or five situations.

  5. In their groups, they should brainstorm ideas as to how they could help 'renew' their community. The ideas can't be as broad-based as Marshall Plan funding but the theme should be along the lines of 'renewal' as discussed in the previous lessons of this unit.

  6. Direct learners to research possibilities of specifically helping areas of the community that need renewal. Ideas could include the clean-up of parks and neighborhoods, clearing brush in vacant lots, painting and/or fixing homes, mowing yards, landscaping projects, etc.

  7. Teacher Note: Given time constraints, you may choose to have 2-3 potential 'renewal' service project ideas already identified and therefore skip the above steps. You could also be assured that these projects would be consistent with the 'renewal' theme of this unit. Groups based on their interest could then be formed around these pre-identified needs/problems.

  8. Direct the learner groups to develop a plan for their service project.

  9. Using an Excel spreadsheet, develop a budget and strategy for the service project. Provide the Fund raising Organizer from David Bauer's Fund raising Primer as an example template.

  10. Perform a peer review of each group's project plan. This peer review process can be modified as is appropriate in the classroom, but each group's plan should be reviewed by at least one other group. (The instructor should review all plans for appropriateness and feasibility.)

  11. Based on the plans, assist the learners in organizing the project. Ensure the project corresponds with building and district guidelines for field trips /outside-of-school activities.

  12. Implement the project.

  13. Upon conclusion of their 'renewal' project, direct the learners to evaluate the process of their project. Refer to the Assessment section for guidelines of this reflection process.


Provide options for the learners to reflect upon their 'renewal project' based on the their preferred style. Their options might include: a reflection paper (for those learners who prefer writing and individual work) an individual or group presentation a poster or visual of some kind an article in the school newspaper a skit a photo journal Components of the reflection rubric should include the following: how the learners evaluated the effectiveness of their service 'renewal' project a description of the process of the project's development and implementation detailed analysis of the impact on the individuals and/or community served detailed analysis of the impact on the learners who participated

Cross Curriculum 

Refer to "Instructional Procedures".

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 01. Needs Assessment
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Identify a need in the school, local community, state, nation, or world.
      2. Benchmark HS.2 Research the need in the school, neighborhood, local community, state, nation, or world.
    2. Standard VS 02. Service and Learning
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Select a service project based on interests, abilities, and research.
    3. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Provide a needed service.
      2. Benchmark HS.2 Describe the goals of the project and their impact.
      3. Benchmark HS.3 Describe the task and the student role.
    4. Standard VS 04. Raising Private Resources
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Build a case for giving, explaining why resources (volunteers and money) are needed.
      2. Benchmark HS.2 Develop a detailed project budget.
      3. Benchmark HS.3 Describe a detailed action for service.
    5. Standard VS 05. Integrating the Service Experience into Learning
      1. Benchmark HS.2 Evaluate progress on the service-learning project before, during, and after the project.
      2. Benchmark HS.3 Identify outcomes from the service.