Count Me In

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Human Services

    Course : Family and Community Services

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (2) The student demonstrates organizational and leadership skills using a community service environment. The student is expected to:
      • (E) evaluate and identify effective strategies and skills necessary to establish a collaborative relationship with others in community service settings
      • (F) plan and deliver focused and coherent presentations that convey clear and distinct perspective and demonstrate solid reasoning
    • (4) The student analyzes factors influencing employability skills. The student is expected to:
      • (J) design a public relations campaign promoting volunteer activities
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • identify characteristics needed to work with others
    • identify settings for community service
    • identify local groups that offer help to others
    • plan and deliver professional presentations to encourage volunteer service
    • prepare a public relations campaign for a local volunteer group
  • Rationale

    Script:

    Most people think the only real reward for doing a job is getting paid. Would you do something without getting paid? Every day there are groups of people in the “real world” that do things for others without pay. Those volunteer groups work in multiple areas. As you get older, you will need to fill the shoes of volunteers in your community.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Six 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Campaign: To work in an organized and active way toward a particular goal, typically a political or social one

    Coherent: According to the rules of logic, capable of being understood

    Collaborate/Collaborative: To participate or assist in a joint effort to accomplish an end. Used or done by a number of people working together as a group

    Compliance: A readiness or willingness to yield to the wishes of others; a bending to the authority or control of another

    Confidential/Confidentiality: Secret or private/showing that you are saying something that is secret or private/trusted with secret or private information

    Perspective: The capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance

    Public relations: The activity or job of providing information about a particular person or organization to the public so that people will regard that person or organization in a favorable way

    Volunteer: A person who does work without getting paid to do it, willingness to undertake a service or work with no monetary compensation

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed

    Equipment:

    • computer with projector for PowerPoint™ presentation
    • computers with Internet (be sure to follow school district guidelines)
    • flip camera or other type of camera that can record a video
    • telephone – classroom or student personal cell phone (be sure to follow school district guidelines for cell phone use)

    Materials:

    • bulletin board border
    • envelopes
    • glue or sticky squares for mounting
    • paper (various colors)
    • scissors
    • scrapbook paper
    • tri-fold presentation boards

    • copies of handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)

  • Anticipatory Set

    Before class begins:

    Print handout Where Do You Rank (see All Lesson Attachments tab) on
    colored paper. Cut the set of strips (one for each student) and place in an envelope.

    Distribute one envelope to each student.

    Students should read each of the strips and place them in order of the most desireable group member to the least. Students can attach them to a paper in the order of which type of person they would want to work with from favorite to least favorite.

    After each has ranked their individual choices, lead the class in the following discussion:

    • Why did you rank your choices as you did? (allow each student to share)
    • What made you place a certain person first?
    • What made you place a certain person last?
    • How can knowing personalities help us collaborate with various groups?
    • What could the person you ranked last do to move up in your ranking?

    Discuss how important it is to work with different types of people on projects.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Note: The following lesson will guide students to identify desirable characteristics in volunteers. For true service-learning to occur, students should suggest volunteer groups they wish to contact.

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Distribute graphic organizer Count Me In Notes (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students may take notes during slide presentation.

    Introduce PowerPoint™ Count Me In (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and lead a discussion on what it takes to be a good volunteer.

    View YouTube™ video:

    • My American Story
      The My American Story Public Service Campaign features volunteers telling us —in their own words— how service has changed their lives and strengthened their communities.
      http://youtu.be/vYMfKnL3BA0

    Allow time for questions, demonstrations and class discussions.

    Students can begin to brainstorm volunteer opportunities in the community.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • encourage classroom participation
    • extra time for oral response
    • frequent feedback

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Divide the class into subgroups of two or three.

    Distribute handout Initial Contact Information Sheet (see All Lesson Attachments tab) to teams and remind students to follow proper telephone etiquette.

    Teams should brainstorm groups or organizations that can utilize volunteers.

    Students may research the organizations using internet resouces to find the contact person for each group or organization.

    In the initial call, make sure the students explain their purpose and gather essential information.

    Distribute handout Tell Me All About It (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students understand the information that is needed from each organization.

    If possible, arrange a time that students can actually visit the volunteer site to observe the role of the volunteers and in the same visit, interview the contact person.

    If it is not possible to visit the site, each team should conduct a telephone interview to gather information about the group and the role of volunteers.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • peer tutor
    • frequent feedback

  • Independent Practice/Laboratory Experience with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Students should remain in the same teams of two or three.

    Distribute handout Join Us (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and explain the required components of the public relations campaign.

    Remind students that these displays, handouts and business cards will be used by the group to encourage others to volunteer.

    Distribute Rubric for Join Us Project (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students understand what is expected.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • check for understanding
    • reduce assignment

  • Lesson Closure

    Review terms, definitions and objectives.

    Each team will give a synopsis of their volunteer group.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • peer tutor
    • frequent feedback

  • Summative/End of Lesson Assessment with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Students will present their public relations campaign for their volunteer ogranization.

    Students will be assessed with appropriate rubric.

    Option: Students may visit the group/organization and present their campaign in full. If students are unable to travel to the volunteer site, invite a representative from the group/organization tocome to school for the presentation.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • encourage participation
    • frequent feedback

  • References/Resources

    Websites:

    • The President’s Volunteer Service Award
      The premier volunteer awards program, encouraging United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States through presidential recognition to live a life of service.
      http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/
    • United We Serve
      United We Serve, President Obama’s nationwide service initiative, is built on the belief that ordinary people can come together and achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools. This initiative aims to both expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and encourage volunteers to develop their own “do-it-yourself” projects.
      http://www.serve.gov/
    • Volunteer Match.org
      A website that brings causes and people together
      https://www.volunteermatch.org/volunteers/stories/

    YouTube™:

    • My American Story
      The My American Story Public Service Campaign features volunteers telling us —in their own words— how service has changed their lives and strengthened their communities.
      http://youtu.be/vYMfKnL3BA0
  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

    • use “word wall” for vocabulary words
    • work with a peer tutor
    • peer to read materials
    • highlighted materials for emphasis
    • shortened simplified instructions
  • College and Career Readiness Connection

    AchieveTexas Career Cluster Crosswalks

    The Career Cluster Crosswalks housed on the AchieveTexas website http://www.achievetexas.org/index.html provide Texas teachers with a direct connection between their CTE course TEKS and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Cross-Disciplinary integration are the focus of the CCRS. These college and career readiness standards are essential in the planning and delivery of CTE lessons. The extent to which the integration occurs is determined by the methods and strategies utilized by each teacher.

    Career Cluster Crosswalks for Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism, and Human Services Career Clusters can be found at:
    http://www.achievetexas.org/Career%20Cluster%20Crosswalks.htm

  • Recommended Strategies

    Reading Strategies

    Encourage students to read the following articles pertaining to this lesson:

    Reading Strategy:
    Encourage students to “make predictions” about the text content prior to reading. “I think it’s going to be about….because I know….”. This encourages active reading and keeps the student interested. While reading, the students may revise their original predictions and/or make new ones.

  • Quotes

    It’s impossible to be involved in all situations, but there’s no excuse not to be involved in something, somewhere, somehow, with someone. Make an ounce of difference.
    -Richelle E. Goodrich

    Allow the way to your great work to be guided by your service to others.
    -Mollie Marti

    Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don’t live in a world all of your own.
    -Albert Schweitzer

    Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.
    -H. Jackson Brown Jr.

    The idea of kids helping other kids is such a great way to introduce children to being involved in charitable causes and volunteer work, setting them on the path to doing good for others throughout their lives
    -Brandy Norwood

    And in my own life, in my own small way, I’ve tried to give back to this country that has given me so much. That’s why I left a job at a law firm for a career in public service, working to empower young people to volunteer in their communities. Because I believe that each of us – no matter what our age or background or walk of life – each of us has something to contribute to the life of this nation.
    -Michelle Obama

  • Multimedia/Visual Strategies

    PowerPoint™

    • Count Me In
    • Presentation Notes – Count Me In

    Technology Connection

    • TED Talks:
      • TEDxNASA – Ben Rigby – Micro-Volunteering – Giving Back for Busy People
        In a unique approach to voluntarism, Ben Rigby has taken the time
        element out of doing good works. For the past 15 years, he has focused
        his efforts on developing youth-focused Web and mobile phone software
        for non-profits and brand-name companies. In 2008, he co-founded
        The Extraordinaries, the micro-volunteering network that allows people
        to volunteer on-demand and on-the-spot using mobile phones and
        the Internet.
        http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxNASA-Ben-Rigby-Micro-Volunt;search%3ATEDxNASA

    Files for downloading:

  • Graphic Organizers/Handout

    Graphic Organizer:

    • Count Me In Notes
    • Count Me In Notes (Key)

    Handouts:

    • Initial Contact Information Sheet
    • Join Us
    • Rubric for Join Us Project
    • Tell Me All About It
    • Volunteer Profile
    • Where Do You Rank

    Files for downloading:

  • Writing Strategies

    Journal Entries:

    • The advantages and disadvantages of collaborating with others is….
    • The most important things a presenter can do to keep the audience’s attention is…..
    • When you volunteer you must remember that you should always………
    • The challenge to volunteering one’s time is………..
    • When you disagree with someone you are working with, you should…….
    • Visuals are important in a presentation because……
    • One way to make people aware of local volunteer opportunities is…..
    • Public relations campaigns will not be successful if…..

    Writing Strategy:

    • Raft Writing Strategy
      • Role: Student
      • Audience: Potential Community Volunteers
      • Format: Brochure
      • Topic: Community Group Information
  • Communication 90 Second Speech Topics

    • If I could volunteer for any organization in the world, I would volunteer for_________ because……
    • Three things needed to work effectively with others are…….
  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    Students can create volunteer profiles to display with presentation boards at the volunteer site or at a volunteer fair (see Family/Community Connection in Other Lesson Components) using the Volunteer Profile (see All Lesson Attachments tab).

    Infographics:

    Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.

    The infographics below are related to a lesson. Allow students to view the image on a projector and lead a discussion concerning the information provided.

    TED Talks:

    TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

    The video below is related to this lesson. Allow students to view the video and lead a discussion concerning the TED Talk.

    • TEDxNASA – Ben Rigby – Micro-Volunteering – Giving Back for Busy People
      In a unique approach to voluntarism, Ben Rigby has taken the time
      element out of doing good works. For the past 15 years, he has focused
      his efforts on developing youth-focused Web and mobile phone software
      for non-profits and brand-name companies. In 2008, he co-founded
      The Extraordinaries, the micro-volunteering network that allows people
      to volunteer on-demand and on-the-spot using mobile phones and
      the Internet.
      http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxNASA-Ben-Rigby-Micro-Volunt;search%3ATEDxNASA
  • Family/Community Connection

    Set up a volunteer at a fair at school or a community event. Allow students to set up their presentation boards with additional pamphlets and other materials they have created. Invite representatives of each group/organization to exhibit their information at the tables for people who stop at the booth.

  • CTSO connection

    Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

    http://texasfccla.org

    • Advocacy
      An individual or team event that recognizes participants who demonstrate their knowledge, skills and ability to actively identify a local, state or national concern, research the topic, identify a target audience and potential partnerships, form an action plan and advocate for the issue in an effort to positively affect a policy or law. Participants must prepare a portfolio and an oral presentation, and complete a case study.
  • Service Learning Projects

    Successful service learning project ideas originate from student concerns and needs. Allow students to brainstorm about service projects pertaining to lesson. For more information, visit:
    www.ysa.org

    Example:
    Students can organize and host a volunteer fair at school or at a community event using the resources and campaign they created.

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