The Finish Line

6, 7, 8

We compare and contrast the beliefs of the three cultures explored in lessons 1-4 to one's own family traditions - similarities and differences. 

PrintOne Forty-Five Minute Session
  • compare and contrast similarities and differences of philanthropic beliefs of various cultures.
  • analyze their own cultural heritage of giving.
  • Projected copy of Fruits We Bear (handout below)
  • collected documents from lessons 1-4


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Using the overhead "Fruits We Bear", ask the group to analyze and discuss ideas of how this illustration represents the concepts and beliefs of the three cultures they studied in the previous three lessons: Native American, African American, and European. Ask them if they feel that any of the concepts have been left off. If so, add them to the overhead.

  2. Display a graphic organizer to compare the three cultures studied in lessons 2-4 and allow the learners to fill in details. Discuss the similarities and the differences.

  3. Optional: The U.S. mix of cultures was once described with the analogy of a melting pot (all cultured mixed into something new), but then more respectfully as a tossed salad (cultures coming together but keeping their uniqueness). Ask the students to come up with a better analogy for different giving traditions from different cultures and over time. 

  4. As we studied these different cultures, the participants have probably reflected on their own family traditions, some of which come from these traditions. Look over all the documents and graphs and banners from the whole unit. Give time to write about their own family giving traditions. They may write about where their traditions intersect and diverge from the traditions on the graphic organizer they made of the three traditions. They may include stories and examples from their family and use vocabulary from the vocabulary list from lesson one. 


Cross Curriculum 

An American Celebration with another classroom.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Examine several examples of philanthropic traditions practiced in diverse cultures.