Power to Make a Difference (The)

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

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

 

Photo Credit:  Teen volunteers in the British Virgin Islands working on a community garden project by Visions Service Adventures is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

In this unit students will learn vocabulary and a brief history of philanthropy in the US. They demonstrate active citizen participation through service-learning related to core democratic values.

Service Experience 
Lesson Two: People Who Make a Difference: Students select an individual and conduct an interview about their involvement in philanthropy that supports a core democratic value.   Lesson Three: Make a Difference in Life: Students will participate in “Make a Difference Day.”
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Power to Make a Difference (The)
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

This lesson will enable students to gain a better understanding of how individuals within the community work for the common good. Students will research individuals who are acting philanthropically in their own community, supportive of a core democratic value.

Unit: 
Power to Make a Difference (The)
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

Learners will investigate “Make a Difference Day,” and local community or state philanthropic organizations. The information about the organizations will be presented to the class and a class decision will be made about how the students can participate with the chosen group for “Make a Difference Day.” Note: This lesson is appropriate for any day of service and not limited to this October national event.