CREATING MEANING AND PURPOSE
"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they are chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."
Over the course of the last semester, you have had the opportunity to "devote yourself to your community around you."
This unit affords you the opportunity to reflect on the meaning and purpose of your service experiences, and to articulate how your actions affect our community. As part of this process, we will consider the people and experiences that characterize your service and studies. We will also engage with the reflections of others to better understand our individual and collective responsibilities.
The learning targets for this unit challenge students to...
- Reflect on their service experiences.
- Identify and explain roles (personally responsible, participatory, and justice-oriented) that citizens can play in helping government and non-government organizations address problems facing their communities (PSL.GOV.20)
- Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, descriptive detail, and clear event sequences. (W.11-12.3)