Week 24 -- "Changing the World: Creating My Social Impact" -- Grade 11
Changing the World: Creating My Social Impact
Brief Summary: This lesson is about changing the mindset that students cannot impact the world in which they live. We start with what Margaret Mead, a famous anthropologist once said, “ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
In this lesson, students will learn ways to have a social impact on their communities and the world at large. They will do this by first, gaining a clear definition of what is meant by social impact. Next they will get to see some examples of how people their age are already making a difference. Last, we will give them some ideas on how they can have a social impact on their own community and the world at large.
- Students will define social impact.
- Students will identify issues that affect their communities, their nation, and the world.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding that they can have a positive impact on the world around them.
- Social impact – The positive impact someone has related to a significant, societal issue or challenge
- To create a social impact, students must first recognize and acknowledge the issues that affect others in their community and the world.
- Students must create a mindset that they can and will make a difference rather than ignoring or being indifferent to these problems.
- Students can create small opportunities to impact their world, but can do bigger activities like volunteering to make a real difference.
Continue the Conversation:
- The connectivity between thinking-feeling-doing:
- How can we connect what we think about the content we just reviewed to how we are feeling?
- What actions can you take to apply this information in a meaningful way?
- Self, Others, World:
- How can you use the information you learned in this lesson to help yourself?
- How can you use the information you learned in this lesson to help your friends and family?
- How can you use the information you learned in this lesson to help other people you may encounter?
- Can some of the biggest issues in the world ever be solved? Why or why not?
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