Philanthropy's Role in a Democratic Society

Unit of 4 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
9
10
11
12
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Diverse people
Focus Question 

What can we learn from diverse people today and in history about private action for the common good? 

 

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Unit Overview 

Students respond critically to readings about philanthropists in history and use a variety of research methods to create both oral and visual presentations outlining the life and work of a chosen philanthropist from history. Students write a letter to youth today as if they were the philanthropist they have researched.

Service Experience 
Students prepare visual presentations on their chosen philanthropist for public and school display. These presentations can be set up for “Make A Difference Day” celebrations, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, or various school sponsored events and posted on the school-class web page. The displays are suitable for use in local libraries, city hall, or other public buildings.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Philanthropy's Role in a Democratic Society
Lesson 2 of 4
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

Learners research the public and philanthropic life of the person, and prepare a three to five minute oral presentation based on their research. They will highlight the most significant facts of the individual’s life, the philanthropy the individual participated in, and major effects their lives had on American history.

Unit: 
Philanthropy's Role in a Democratic Society
Lesson 3 of 4
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

After researching the life and work of a chosen philanthropist from history, the learner takes on the role of that philanthropist in writing a letter to the learner. In this letter, the philanthropist discusses his/her motivations and feelings about his/her work, and compares and contrasts his/her work with the philanthropic work of the learner. The learner also prepares his/her previously created visual presentation and the letter s/he has written for public display.