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|Project Title: ||Loving to Give|
|School Year: ||2006|
|School - District:||New Bedford High - New Bedford|
|Contact Name:||Susan Sylvia|
|Content-Area(s):||English Language Arts|
|Grades:||9, 10, 11, 12|
|Community Need:||Community Development|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
The students in this MCAS Verbal class were so captivated and inspired by the book, The Giver by Lois Lowry, that they wanted to help shape their world into a utopian society. Many of the themes presented in the book such as loveless homes, unnecessary death, crime, etc., "hit home" with the students. Because of this, they decided to "spread the word" to the elderly and younger students that although a perfect world may not be possible, every person can work on maintaining their own life with good morals and ethics, which combined, will make a better world.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Intergenerational Connections need: The project allowed students to see the importance of a mutually beneficial relationship, built on respect, which can be fostered between generations. They experienced the connection with younger children as well as the elderly.
Literacy in Young Adults need: The project allowed the students to experience the joy of literacy and draw direct correlations between the novel and real life. It also led them to the interest of sharing their enjoyment of reading with others in the community.
Moral and Ethical Decision making need: The subject matter presented in The Giver allowed the students to understand, analyze, evaluate, and apply the ideas they encountered.
|Service Component: |
Approximately twenty-five students from the MCAS Verbal course met every other day and planned two visits to the Savoy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, one in December and one in January. During the visits, the students interacted with numerous patients, read their favorite materials to them, and lead discussions. In addition, the students also become a "mentor for a day" to twenty-five children at the Carney Academy Elementary School to engage younger students in activities such as reading and drawing.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
English Language Arts
Language Strands Standard 1:Discussion, Standard 2:Questionong,Listening,and Contributing, Standard 3:Oral Presentation, Standard 4:Vocabulary and Concept Development
Reading and Literacy Strands Standard 7:Beginning Reading, Standard 8:Understanding text, Standard 9:Making Connections, Standard 10:Genre, Standard 11:Theme, Standard 12:Fiction, Standard 15:Style and Language, Standard 18:Dramatic Reading and Performance
Composition Strands Standard 20:Consideration of Audience and Purpose, Standard 23:Organizing Ideas in Writing
Media Strand Standard 27:Media Production
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Students were able to make decisions on the community need they wanted to tackle. As a result, Intergenerational Connections and Literacy in Young adults was targeted for their own learning experience as well as their service area. The students involved in this project were empowered by the importance and relationship between the two needs.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Through a questionnaire, students were asked to reflect on their service learning experience. Some of the student's responses are as follows:
"I would do this again no doubt in my mind" "not only did I bond with someone older then me, I learned about their life, and how they live"
"I thought it was nice because we got to meet new people and we made them feel happy by taking time out of our day to spend with them" "I learned that helping people and taking time out of my day can really make someone feel good, by just sitting with them and talking and just joking around" "I think I would repeat this activity because it made me feel good about myself"
(did you enjoy participating)"Yes, It was very fun. Not only did I make the elderly woman feel wanted but I felt wanted as well" "I learned that it can be fun to volunteer and you can make friends along the way, no matter what the age is."
|Community Partners Involved: |
students from the MCAS Verbal course, Savoy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
Teachers and students were invited to the 1st Annual Community Service Learning Celebration to be recognized for their participation in CSL projects. They also prepared project display boards that were veiwed at the celebration.
|Evaluation of Project's Impact:|
Students were asked to complete a Community Service-Learning Testimonial aking questions such as ; "Describe your community service experience," "What did you learn from the experience," and "Did you enjoy participating in the experience." To assess the project’s impact, program leaders might have initiated student or teacher led discussions in class, focus group discussions with senior citizens participating at the Savoy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and focus group discussions with children from the Carney Academy Elementary School.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
There were numerous needs to be met in a short timeframe. Service-learning activities often pose time constraints. Balancing these constraints contibute to the overall learning experience.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.