Lesson Four – Charity and Community
Americans have been solving problems through private charity for centuries, and our country has a long and strong history of voluntary associations. French observer Alexis de Tocqueville even wrote about associations as a uniquely American way of pursuing the common good.
In this lesson, you’ll learn about the history of charity in America, and take part in a charitable brainstorming exercise from Benjamin Franklin himself. Is charitable activity the best approach for your project?
- Define charity and describe the importance of charitable associations in American society.
- Analyze charts and graphs to describe the character of American charitable giving.
- Determine connections between your project and charitable associations using Benjamin Franklin’s Junto club’s questions.
- Assess your own and peer’s project plan and reflect on chances to improve your current plan.
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