Your Place in the Community (10th Grade)

9, 10, 11, 12

Learners identify their personal values/beliefs and compare them to the values/beliefs of their peers. They discuss how their values influence their decisions about personal action for the common good.

Focus Question: How does an individual use personal interests and strengths to impact the common good?

Lesson Rating 
PrintOne Fifty-Minute Class Period

The learner will:

  • determine and identify values/beliefs through a survey.
  • identify values/beliefs shared by the learners with their peers.
  • identify how involvement in a community service project might reflect the values/beliefs that the learner and his peers have identified.
  • Handout One: Survey of Self Values/Beliefs
  • Handout Two: Peer Survey
  • Handout Three: Sample Surveys

 Reflect on the values you hold most important. Write a list of the top five.


Federal Trade Commission:

National Institute on Drug Abuse:

New Jersey Department of Education: Summary of the New Jersey Student Health Survey:

U.S. department of Health and Human Services:


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    As learners enter the room, have a variety of teen oriented survey results displayed in the room (or copies to handout to the students). Ask learners to take a few moments to look at the surveys. Ask how they think these results were obtained and engage the learners in a discussion as to how and why surveys might be valuable ways to secure information.

  2. Place the word “Value” on the display board and ask the learners what the word means to them. Indicate that for today’s lesson they will be using this definition: Value: (n) The quality or worth of something that makes it valuable; material worth; a principal regarded as worthwhile or desirable - Value (v) to estimate the value or worth of; to regard very highly; to rate according to importance, worth or usefulness, valueless (adj). 

  3. Distribute Handout One: Survey of Self Values and explain the ranking system and how it is intended to help the learners determine the ‘value’ that they place on a particular concepts and ideas. Class members complete the survey. (This survey is for the learners’ own information and will not be handed in or included in any assessment collection other than that it has been completed.)

  4. Tell the learners that they will now be taking the Handout Two: Peer Survey (explaining to them that they are to indicate their opinion/what they think might be the collective ranking their peers would give to each value.

  5. Once completed, have the learners look at their two completed survey rankings for each value and compare/contrast the results. Tell them that you are interested in having them indicate to you if they would conclude that overall the rankings of the values they hold and those in their opinion/“what they think,” their peers hold, are very similar or very different.

  6. Using a Likert Scale- 0-5, have them rate their conclusion 0= very different, 2-3 somewhat different/somewhat the same, and 5 =very much the same located on the last page of Handout Two. Place a Likert Scale on a display board:

  7. 0 1 2 3 4 5 Very different- Somewhat Different-Very Similar

  8. Have each learner, in turn, share his/her personal rating of their conclusion while you place atally-mark on or near the rank number. (NOTE: Typically on survey of this nature, the learner would tend to underestimate the values his peers would place on things, while overestimate his/her own values.)

  9. Brainstorm with the students what conclusions might be drawn for this exercise.

  10. Place the word “community” on the display board and “remind” the students that community is defined as: a group of people living in the same area and under the same government; a class or group having common interests and likes.

  11. Ask the learners if they think that this means that people who live in a community might also share similar values as well as common interests and likes? Why or why not?

  12. Engage the learners in a discussion that answers the questions: 1) How might being involved in the community reflect my personal values? 2) What might be the positive results of working with my peers for the benefit of the community? 3) How might working with peers for the common good of the community reflect shared values? What values might be evident?

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark HS.3 Give examples of human interdependence and explain why group formation is one strategy for survival.
      2. Benchmark HS.4 Describe and give examples of characteristics of someone who helps others.