Philanthropy: Individuals and Their Surroundings

Unit of 4 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Subjects: 
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Media / Technology
Issue Area: 
Civil society
Focus Question 

How does an individual use personal interests and strengths to impact the common good? 

 

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Unit Overview 

The purpose of this unit is to help students understand that each of them is an important and potentially influential member of American society. Every person is not only an individual, but also a member of the various groups that make up our society. Students learn that building community capital and trust helps diverse people to compromise and make decisions for the common good. They learn that government is not an ambiguous group of laws or faceless people, but rather the sum total of all of its people. 

Service Experience 
  Students may investigate local issues that government and nonprofit organizations collaborate on to solve. They can contribute directly to address the need or use their voice to raise awareness. 
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Philanthropy: Individuals and Their Surroundings
Lesson 2 of 4
Grades: 
3
4
5
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10
11
12

An activity and picture book discussion illustrate the tendency for people to see differences as a reason to fight. As we see in political divisions, society can be torn apart by factions. Differences provide an opportunity to be curious about someone else. Factions may also have a positive side when like-minded people collaborate to accomplish something difficult.