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...
- Identify causes of oppression against minority groups and analyze proposed solutions.
- Identify and explain roles that citizens can play to address community needs.
- Reflect on your service experiences.
- Demonstrate what you have accomplished and the impact of your work in a public setting.
- Read and comprehend complex information texts independently and proficiently.
- Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.