Worth a Thousand Words

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

How do our differences make us stronger as a community? 

 

Photo Credit:  Special Olympics Windsor by OSO Windsor is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Provide learners with a deeper understanding of the Special Olympics and those who participate in it, valuing diversity as a strength. Students may seek opportunities to get involved as a volunteer providing a needed service, directly with the participants, indirectly through fundraising or providing support, or through advocacy.

Service Experience 
The learners may attend a local Special Olympic event and photograph the participants. They create a Special Olympics photo display to enhance school and community awareness, to honor the school's Special Olympics' participants, and to encourage others to become involved as volunteers in future Special Olympics and/or other related organizations.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Worth a Thousand Words
Lesson 3 of 4
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

The learners will attend the Special Olympics events that include their assigned Special Olympics participant and use their knowledge of the camera and picture taking techniques to photograph the participant during their event(s). They will select photos and key words/phrases that will be used in the development of a portfolio that will culminate in the development of a portfolio display.

Unit: 
Worth a Thousand Words
Lesson 4 of 4
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

The learners will be involved in a service project that features a prominent display of a collage composed of the action photos selected in Lesson Three (plus the words and/or phrases identified by the learners and participants as 'reflecting their feelings' about their day together), along with each portfolio. This display is intended to provide an awareness of Special Olympics, a recognition for the participants, and to promote future volunteer involvement in Special Olympics and/or other such civil society organizations.