Your Place in the Community

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

How does an individual use personal interests and strengths to impact the common good? How does an investment in something we care about impact the future? 

 

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Unit Overview 

Learners identify and explore their own values as well as the values of their family, classroom, school, neighborhood and the community. Learners realize that they are concurrently members of multiple communities that may have competing or conflicting value systems. Learners gain important insights about being respectful of diversity. 

Service Experience 
  Students identify and voluntarily participate in work of a nonprofit organization.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Your Place in the Community
Lesson 1 of 4
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

Learners will identify elements of their own beliefs and values, establish how their personal system of values and beliefs developed and establish connections to community values and beliefs. Learners' understanding of their value systems may then be applied to develop understanding the relationship to the roles they play in the larger community. Learners first define, in their own words, definitions of belief and value terms. Learners are then to identify how and when these values affect the various roles they play in different situations.

Unit: 
Your Place in the Community
Lesson 3 of 4
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

This lesson will introduce learners to the procedures used in the compilation and organization of data provided for the Lesson Two: Developing a Sense of Self surveys concerning values. It will expose learners to the use of Microsoft Excel ® (or other appropriate software), spreadsheets and the creation of graphs. The lesson will conclude with learners interpreting the data representations and making summary statements regarding the relationship(s) between their personal values and those of the larger communities.

Unit: 
Your Place in the Community
Lesson 4 of 4
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

The lesson purpose is to have learners identify individual, family, peer and community needs through collecting, analyzing and evaluating data. The class will produce a community needs map based on their group evaluations and align it to a list of community service sites and locations. They will be asked to select and volunteer at one of the designated sites based on their survey results.