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  • 1.Generosity
    Thematic Literature Unit
    TED 8650
    June 24, 2010
    Valerie Kubick

2. Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to define generosity using their own words and various life examples.
Students will be able to identify generosity in a variety of settings with specific examples.
Students will collectively choose a worthy cause to which the class can contribute.
3. Description of Unit:
Most of the texts we will read are at a third grade reading level, though there are some below and above that.While I know that the books may be easy for older readers, I think that the thinking tasks involved are fairly high, so this unit could be adapted and used with older students.
This theme fits easily into Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum.Likewise, the theme of generosity would fit well with a Character Counts type of curriculum. So often, teachers are pushed to teach specific content knowledge that it is easy to forget that we are trying to teach young people how to interact with others thoughtfully in a variety of settings.
4. Description of Unit:
My goal for this unit is to push students to think about how they can be more generous to those around them on a daily basis, but also be more generous in a global sense.
As a class, we will attempt to define generosity with our background knowledge and a whole class reading of Generosity by Cynthia Klingel and14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy.We will also utilize an online dictionary, if needed.
Students will then read a variety of books in small groups.Students will identify who in the text is demonstrating generosity and list specific examples of that generosity.
Students will also will keep a journal throughout the unit in which they record acts of generosity they complete or ideas they have for ways they could be more generous in their every day lives.
5. Assessment:
Students will create a definition and description of generosity using a method/medium of their choice.Some options include:

  • Write a poem that defines and describes generosity.

6. Create a piece of artwork (painting, collage, clay sculpture, t-shirt, poster, etc.) that defines and describes generosity. 7. Write a song/rap that defines and describes generosity. 8. Write a story that defines and describes generosity. Your story can be fiction or nonfiction just like the texts we read in class. 9. Create an Animoto that defines and describes generosity. 10. Create a Wordle that defines and describes generosity. 11. Choose a charity you admire and describe in detail how the work of that charity is a model of generosity.