Creating a Service-Learning Unit in Ten Easy Steps


STEP 1: Think about your curriculum. What is one service-learning project that would fit in with the curriculum that your students are studying? ________________________________________________________________

STEP 2: In what particular discipline (class) will the project occur:____________________________________________________________

STEP 3: What is the organization (school, group, etc.) that you will be working with and what are its needs? How will you assess these needs?

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STEP 4: State the academic goals of the unit that will link service to this organization with learning in the classroom and also name the core ethical values this unit will foster.

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STEP 5: What PREPARATION will be necessary for this unit?

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STEP 6: What SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES will occur in the unit?

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STEP 7: What Core Curriculum Standards will the unit address?

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STEP 8: What kind of REFLECTION will be used and how will it tie into character education?

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STEP 9: What kind of assessment will you use in this project?

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STEP 10: What kind of RECOGNITION will you have to celebrate success?

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Example: Creating a Service-Learning Unit in Ten Easy Steps

STEP 1: Think about your curriculum. What is one service-learning project that would fit in with the curriculum that your students are studying?

ART: Upper level students making puppets that teach the primary grade students lessons in character.

STEP 2: In what particular discipline (class) will the project occur: Art/Language Arts.

STEP 3: What is the organization (school, group, etc.) that you will be working with and what are its needs? How will you assess these needs?

The Pre-school or First Grade Class of Parkview School. Discussion with their teacher reveals the need to teach skills of getting along and being nice to one another.

STEP 4: State the academic goals of the unit that will link service to this organization with learning in the classroom and also name the core ethical values this unit will foster.

To develop an appreciation of puppetry as a cultural and artistic tradition.

 

� To develop oral and written communication skills through oral presentation and puppet show to the First Grade class.

 

� To participate in a collaborative project that requires planning, problem-solving, technical skills and artistic effort.

 
� To experience the value of helping others, demonstrate responsibility and develop empathy through an interdisciplinary service project that addresses the Core Curriculum Standards. (Core Values)

STEP 5:
What PREPARATION will be necessary for this unit?

Motivational Internet assignment with a focus: "Let's teach each other something new about puppets." Students must explore Web sites to prove or disprove the statement that puppetry is a new art, designed just for amusement. Teacher makes arrangements with pre-school/1st grade teacher about date, time and site of concluding puppet show.

STEP 6: What SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES will occur in the unit?

Internet assignment that shows puppetry belongs to a rich tradition of teaching others.

 

� Deadlines given for project stages: paper sketch; cut-out design; head, body construction; making clothes; oral presentation in class, , writing of puppet script; performance; journal article.

 

� Rubric given to explain grading.

 

� Completion of puppets with students presenting the autobiography of their creatures to the class.

 

� Creation of puppet skit (usually with help from English Department) that stresses social and emotional skills.

 
� Actual puppet show for primary school students.

STEP 7: What Core Curriculum Standards will the unit address?

Visual & Performing Arts 1.1-1.3, 1.5; LAL 3.1-3.4; Career Ed/Life Skills/Character Education 9.2 A,B,C,D.

STEP 8: What kind of REFLECTION will be used and how will it tie into character education?

� Student journals during the preparation and action stages.
 

� Class discussion on their feelings after the performance.

 
� Student written and/or oral response to this question: To improve students' writing skills, the art department supervisor has indicated that this unit be replaced by a term paper on topics such as "The Origin and Development of Puppetry as an Art Form." Defend this project, explaining its academic and emotional worth to you.

STEP 9:
What kind of assessment will you use in this project?

Student puppet graded according to rubric Student skit graded according to rubric.

STEP 10: What kind of RECOGNITION will you have to celebrate success?

Joint party with primary students and upper level students after the puppet show. Local media coverage.