Your Place in the Community
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.
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.
Discover through introspection, discussion, reflection and research the learner's own personal values, as well as classroom and community values.
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.
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.