Your Own Flash from the Past

Grades: 
9, 10, 11, 12

Learners will predict historically significant events from their lifetimes and share information with future generations about their contributions to the common good.

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Duration 
PrintOne Fifty-Minute Class Period
Objectives 
The learner will:
  • demonstrate the ability to recognize historically important events which will have an impact on society.
  • identify personal contributions to the common good.
Materials 
  • File cards

Instructions

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  1. Anticipatory Set:

    As learners come into the room, hand each a file card. On one side of the card direct them to list the three most important items they would take with them on a trip to Outer Space, knowing they’d never return. On the other side of the card, have them list three events which have occurred during their lifetimes that they believe will probably be historically important in 30 -50 years.

  2. Have the learners team in groups of four to share their ideas and answers. Let each group report their findings, paying particular attention to:
    • what kinds of events seem important.
    • what kinds of things are most important to them that they’d take with them.
    • Have a short discussion in which the learners describe how they contribute to the common good in their community.
    • Assign the learners to write a short letter to their future grandchildren, talking about one event from their lives. The letter should include five to eight facts about themselves, an historical event that occurred during their lifetimes, how the event effected the common good, and how they have personally contributed to the common good.
    • Learners will then share these with a partner. Partners should listen, model good listening behaviors and ask follow-up questions.
  3. Assign the learners to write a short letter to their future grandchildren, talking about one event from their lives. The letter should include five to eight facts about themselves, an historical event that occurred during their lifetimes, how the event effected the common good, and how they have personally contributed to the common good.
  4. Learners will then share these with a partner. Partners should listen, model good listening behaviors and ask follow-up questions.
Assessment 
The one-page letter to future grandchildren (oral history) may be used as an assessment of learning.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark HS.2 Identify and discuss examples of philanthropy and charity in modern culture.
    2. Standard DP 06. Role of Family in Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark HS.3 Identify how subgroups and families in society demonstrate giving, volunteering, and civic involvement.