Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Activists in Our Midst

Since we are finished our ELA/Religion Inquiry project, "Activists Who Have Followed in the Footsteps of Jesus"it's time to bring it close to home. 

Who are the activists that you know in our community? Who are the people who faithfully volunteer their time to make a difference in our community? Are they coaches, church volunteers, leaders, builders, organizers? Do they roll up their sleeves and get involved? Are they people that are always willing to lend a hand to those in need? Who are these altruistic, giving people? 

As we get ready to prepare for Lent and the Christian Community Service Hours Project *(more information to follow on this blog and to be sent home), you are going to search for those people who volunteer in our community. You are going to interview he or she and find out the answer to our big question, "Why do they volunteer?" In class we will brainstorm a list of questions that stem from this BIG QUESTION, that you will either use in research or in an interview of this person. After researching or interviewing we will present our findings... How we will present our findings will be based on our decision as a class. We can go "Techno-Digital" or more "Hands-on Visual"...

 So, start thinking and talking to others about who those volunteers are in our midst! And start thinking about questions that stem from the Big Question, Why do people volunteer?

*About the Christian Community Service Project... During the 40 days of Lent, you will be expected to do a "mini" community service project where you will donate 4 hours of your time (in the minimum) to helping a cause. Your efforts do not have to be monumental or life changing, but little things to help others. After completing your community service (and applicable forms), you will compose a photo essay on "How Your Efforts Made a Difference in the Lives of Those You Helped". (More information to follow).

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