What’s Next? Future Trends in Family and Community Services

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Human Services

    Course : Family and Community Services

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (4) The student analyzes factors influencing employability skills. The student is expected to:
      • (C) demonstrate effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills
      • (H) analyze future trends in community service
    • (5) The student applies rigorous academic standards in implementing community service activities. The student is expected to:
      • (A) use effective reading strategies to evaluate topics from professional publications in family and community services
      • (B) listen actively and effectively in all communication situations
      • (C) define the concept of socialization and analyze the role socialization plays in human development and behavior
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • identify volunteer groups
    • evaluate professional publications
    • define socialization
    • investigate how socialization plays a role in human development
  • Rationale

    Not only is volunteering a good thing for communities, but it is also good for you. Let’s find out who is volunteering, the benefits of volunteering, future trends of service and how volunteering may lead to employment.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Four 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Baby boomer: Individuals born between 1946 and 1964

    Generation X: Individuals born between 1965 and 1981

    Millennials: Individuals born in 1982 and after

    Silent generation: Individuals born between 1931 and 1945

    Socialization: A continuing process whereby an individual acquires a personal identity and learns the norms, values, behavior and social skills appropriate to his or her social position

    Trend: A general direction in which something is developing or changing

    Volunteer: A person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed

    Equipment:

    • computer with projector for PowerPoint™ presentation
    • computers with Internet access (be sure to follow district guidelines)
    • light projector (Elmo)

    Materials:

    • basket
    • cardstock
    • images of:
      • children – disabled, poor, unhealthy
      • disasters – fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes
      • veterans – ill, unemployed

    • copies of handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)
  • Anticipatory Set

    Before class begins:

    Display as many of the items as you have available from the Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed tab on a table in front of the classroom.

    As students view the images of the children, disasters and veterans, ask them who are the volunteers that will help in the time of need? Allow them time to answer.

    Distribute the graphic organizer Who Are the Volunteers? (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and instruct the students to complete the sections with the age groups as you place the key on the light projector.

    Remind students that volunteering generally does not begin until after the age of 16.

    Ask students the following questions:

    • Are you familiar with these age groups?
    • Which age group do you think volunteers the most?
    • Which age group volunteers the most hours?
    • Which age group has the highest volunteer rates?
    • What do you think each age group has to offer?

    For answers to the volunteer questions, see:
    http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/rankings.cfm

    Other key words may be added to each age group to describe them.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Distribute the handout Note-Taking – What’s Next? Future Trends in Family and Community Service (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students may take notes during slide presentation.

    Introduce PowerPoint™ What’s Next? Future Trends in Family and Community Services (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and lead a discussion about volunteering trends in America.

    View YouTube™ video:

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

    • checking for understanding
    • providing a copy of the slide presentation notes

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Divide the class into subgroups of two students.

    Distribute the handout Reading Strategies (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and explain to the students that they are to evaluate a family and community services publication using a chosen reading strategy.

    Instruct students to log into:

    • Trends in Volunteering and Civic Life
      http://www.nationalservice.gov/impact-our-nation/research-and-reports
      • Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment
      • Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2013
      • Volunteering in America 2011 (Fact Sheet)
      • Volunteering in America 2010 (Issue Brief)
      • Volunteering in the United States, 2009
      • Volunteering in the United States, 2008
      • 2010 Civic Life in America (Fact Sheet)
      • Volunteering in America – An Overview of Corporation Research (Issue Brief)
      • Volunteer Retention (Issue Brief)
      • The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research (Issue Brief)
      • The Health Benefits of Volunteering (Full Report)
      • Keeping Baby Boomers Volunteering – A Research Brief on Volunteer Retention and Turnover
      • Volunteer Growth in America: A Review of Trends Since 1974 (Full Report)

    Various graphic organizers are included in the All Lesson Attachments tab to use at your discretion.

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

    • peer tutor
    • monitor progress

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

    Divide the class into subgroups of two students.

    Define socialization to the class.

    Socialization: A continuing process whereby an individual acquires a personal identity and learns the norms, values, behavior and social skills appropriate to his or her social position

    Evidence suggests that volunteering has a positive effect on social psychological factors, such as one’s sense of purpose. Read the report below and analyze the role socialization plays in human development and behavior as it pertains to volunteering. Does volunteering have social, physical and emotional benefits?

    • The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research
      This report has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.
      http://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/07_0506_hbr.pdf

    If technology is not available, the document The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research (see All Lesson Attachments tab) is attached.

    Encourage students to create a three-dimensional foldable graphic organizer for this report. Many ideas can be obtained from Pinterest™ and other educational websites.

    Distribute Rubric for Foldable Organizer on the Health Benefits of Volunteering (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students are aware of assessment procedures.

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

    • computer assistance
    • peer tutor
    • reduced assignment

  • Lesson Closure

    Review terms, definitions and objectives.

    The Serve America Act has identified six focus areas.

    List the areas on the board:

    • Disaster services
    • Economic opportunity
    • Education
    • Environmental stewardship
    • Healthy futures
    • Veterans and military families

    Instruct students to prepare a one page written summary as to which area they would be interested in volunteering and why.

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

    Students will be assessed with appropriate rubric.

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

    • give praise and encouragement
    • shorten assignment

  • References/Resources

    Website:

    • Corporation for National and Community Service
      An independent federal agency, plays a vital role in supporting the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility and is a leading grant maker in support of service and volunteering.
      http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/
    • 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/

    YouTube™:

  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

    • word wall
    • draw visual representations of terms on word wall
    • add terms and definitions to personal dictionary
  • 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

    Other articles pertaining to this lesson students may read include:

    • Teenagers Doing Charity Work
      Encouraging teenagers to do charity work not only teaches them to serve and give to others, it helps them grow into compassionate and responsible adults. Help your teen find the right opportunity in your community to volunteer his time and perform acts of kindness.
      http://www.ehow.com/facts_5509398_teenagers-doing-charity-work.html

    Reading strategy:
    Encourage students to “visualize” as they read. Many students are visual learners and will benefit from making sketches or diagrams on scrap paper as they read. Providing students with graphic organizers to help them organize their thoughts is also helpful.

  • Quotes

    For me, when I was a kid, volunteering was the last thing I was thinking about. When I see kids doing it now, it amazes me. It’s very impressive, it gives them something productive to do as opposed to getting in trouble. For them to take time out at such a young age is remarkable. I think all kids should take a little time out to volunteer.
    -Derek Jeter

    I started volunteering at an animal shelter, and little by little, my life started getting better. I think that is the secret. It is just being on a mission that is something bigger than me and it’s thankless. You do that because it is thankless, and I am not looking for anybody to say, ‘Thanks’ and ‘You are great!’
    -William McNamara

    I volunteer a lot of my time with an organization in New York called The Center for Children and Families.
    -Tyra Banks

    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™:

    • What’s Next? Future Trends in Family and Community Services
    • Presentation Notes: What’s Next? Future Trends in Family and Community Services

    Technology:

    Files for downloading:

  • Graphic Organizers/Handout

    Graphic Organizers:

    • Article STOP and JOT
    • Building Blocks Graphic Organizer
    • Information Wheel
    • Ladder of Information
    • Who Are the Volunteers?
    • Who Are the Volunteers? (Key)

    Handouts:

    • Note-Taking – What’s Next? Future Trends in Family and Community Services
    • Note-taking Organizer
    • Reading Strategies
    • Rubric for Foldable Organizer on the Health Benefits of Volunteering
    • The Health Benefits of Volunteering

    Files for downloading:

  • Writing Strategies

    Journal Entries:

    • My favorite place to volunteer is ______ because …
    • Volunteering is important because …
    • I plan to volunteer at _______ while I attend college because ….
    • The next service project I plan to help with is …

    Writing Strategy:

    RAFT writing strategy is designed to demonstrate student understanding of material in a creative and relevant way.

    • Role – team leader
    • Audience – community
    • Format – flyer
    • Topic – service project

    The flyer will highlight a community service project.

  • Communication 90 Second Speech Topics

    • Three reasons why I like volunteering are …
    • The benefits of volunteering include …
  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    Encourage students to volunteer in their community.

    Distribute the handout Tips for Volunteering: Tips for Youth Who Want to Volunteer (see All Lesson Attachments tab) for ideas to get started.

    Infographics:

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

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

  • Family/Community Connection

    Encourage family members to participate in service projects in the community.

  • CTSO connection

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

    http://www.texasfccla.org

    • Advocacy
      An individual or team event, recognizes participants who demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and ability to actively identify a local, state, national, or global 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.
    • Chapter Service Project Display and Portfolio
      A team event – recognizes chapters that develop and implement an in-depth service project that makes a worthwhile contribution to families, schools, and communities. Students must use Family and Consumer Sciences content and skills to address and take action on a community need.
    • No Kid Hungry National Outreach Project
      A team event, recognizes chapters that participate in the “No Kid Hungry” Share our Strength National Outreach Project. Participants will use Family and Consumer Sciences content and skills to address ending childhood hunger through service learning, education/awareness, and fundraising.
  • 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 additional information on service learning see
    http://www.ysa.org

    Example:

    Students may utilize the toolkit from the United We Serve website for various service projects that may be needed in their community.
    http://www.serve.gov/?q=site-page/toolkits

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