Unit Overview 

The intent of this unit is for students to become aware of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination through literature, music, and other activities. These lessons focus on the sensitivity of developing relationships, especially with diverse people. The lessons may raise sensitivity when studying events in history such as the Holocaust, slavery, and Japanese internment.

Service Experience 
The service suggestions in lessons three and four focus on the elderly and people with mental or physical needs. This may include recording a memoir, a coupon exchange, home repairs, providing tools or communication, or creating a "friendship box."  
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Setting the Stage for Service Learning Relationships
Lesson 2 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students will be engaged in reflections of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination related to socio-economic status. From a cognitive and affective perspective, students will be involved with activities to assist them in developing sensitivity to working in direct service projects with individuals who are impoverished or disadvantaged in their socio-economic standing. Subsequently, students will also generate guidelines for positively and sensitively working with these individuals. Conduct/proper etiquette, as well as appropriate conversation will be addressed.

Unit: 
Setting the Stage for Service Learning Relationships
Lesson 3 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students will be engaged in reflections of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination related to elderly individuals. From a cognitive and affective perspective, students will be involved with activities to assist them in developing sensitivity to working in direct service projects with individuals who are elderly. Subsequently, students will also generate guidelines for positively and sensitively working with these individuals. Conduct/proper etiquette, as well as appropriate conversation, will be addressed.

Unit: 
Setting the Stage for Service Learning Relationships
Lesson 4 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students will be engaged in reflection of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination related to physical and/or mental challenges. From a cognitive and affective perspective, students will be involved with activities to assist them in developing sensitivity to working in direct service projects with individuals who are physically and/or mentally challenged. Subsequently, students will also generate guidelines for positively and sensitively working with these individuals. Conduct/proper etiquette, as well as appropriate conversation, will be addressed.

Unit: 
Setting the Stage for Service Learning Relationships
Lesson 5 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

This lesson serves as a summative reflection opportunity for students following the learning in Lesson One as well as service learning experience(s) (in the experiential component of Lessons Two through Four). It is intended to focus upon the enduring ideas acquired both affectively and cognitively throughout the learning. Thoughts, actions, and emotions of the learning experiences will be addressed.