Week 24 -- "Changing the World: Creating My Social Impact" -- Grade 11

Week 24 -- "Changing the World: Creating My Social Impact" -- Grade 11

Changing the World: Creating My Social Impact

Grade 11

 

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.

 

Lesson Objectives

  1. Students will define social impact. 
  2. Students will identify issues that affect their communities, their nation, and the world. 
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding that they can have a positive impact on the world around them. 

 

Shared Vocabulary:

  1. Social impact – The positive impact someone has related to a significant, societal issue or challenge 

 

Key Takeaways:

  1. To create a social impact, students must first recognize and acknowledge the issues that affect others in their community and the world.
  2. Students must create a mindset that they can and will make a difference rather than ignoring or being indifferent to these problems.
  3. Students can create small opportunities to impact their world, but can do bigger activities like volunteering to make a real difference.

 

Continue the Conversation: 

  1. The connectivity between thinking-feeling-doing: 
    1. How can we connect what we think about the content we just reviewed to how we are feeling? 
    2. What actions can you take to apply this information in a meaningful way?
  2. Self, Others, World: 
    1. How can you use the information you learned in this lesson to help yourself? 
    2. How can you use the information you learned in this lesson to help your friends and family? 
    3. How can you use the information you learned in this lesson to help other people you may encounter?
  3. Can some of the biggest issues in the world ever be solved? Why or why not? 


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