Week 23 --"My Social Impact: How can I change the world around me?" -- Grade 12

Week 23 --"My Social Impact: How can I change the world around me?" -- Grade 12

Suite360 Student Lesson Name: My Social Impact: How can I change the world around me?

Brief Summary: Starting a movement, enacting change, or having a social impact is not easy and can be a daunting task.  However, it is important that teens feel empowered to make a difference.  There are multiple hurdles that can hold one back, but society has evolved because people made the changes they wanted to see in the world.  Whether it be a project, volunteering time, or standing up for something one believes in- this lesson focuses on these concepts and inspires teens to be an agent of change. 

Shared vocabulary: 

  • social impact- an individual’s actions that affect the community in which they live 

Key Takeaways:

  • Community can be as small as one’s household or as large as global society.
  • There is no one thing, way, or action that creates a social impact.  It really comes down to who and what you want to influence. 
  • Social media has provided access to current issues and events that not only make this world a wonderful place but also a place of negativity.
  • One’s engagement in the ideas, issues, and events of the world you live in can bring about a positive change.
  • Teens have the power to be an agent of change.

Continue the Conversation:

  • Have the kids explore social movements in the local, state, and at the national level.  Discuss if they have been influenced by these movements.  If so, how have they changed their lives.
  • What topic/issue is important to you and why?  How can this become a movement?
  • What role does social media play in social movement and change?  Why? How?
  • How can small changes have a ripple effect beyond the intended outcome?
  • Are there negative outcomes that can come from good intentions?  Why? How?

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