How can one person’s talent, passions, and work affect society?
- Students will be able to define contribution.
- Students will be able to define vocation.
- Students will be able to identify at least three ways individuals can contribute to society.
- Students will be able to explain the way in which the Schechter Brothers contributed to society in the face of challenges from the National Recovery Administration.
- Contribution and Benefits Launch Activity
- Our Contributions: Who Benefits? Launch Activity
- Contribution: The Schechter Brothers Essay
- Discussion Guide: The Schechter Brothers’ Contribution
- Virtue in Action: The Schechter Brothers’ Contribution
- Contribution Worksheet
A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. U.S. 55 S. Ct. 837. Supreme Court of the U.S. 1935.
Panama Refining Co. v. Ryan. 293 US 388. Supreme Court of the U.S. 1935.
Discuss the Guiding Question: How can one person’s talent, passions, and work affect society? with students. Introduce the definition of contribution.
Assign students to groups of 4 or 5 and distribute the Contribution & Benefits handout, one per student. First, allow time for individual students to complete questions 1 through 3.
After students have completed that portion, have each small group discuss their responses to the questions and have students complete their own Our Contributions: Who Benefits? Launch Activity table.
Have each group report, via their chosen reporter, the “contributions to society” statement they drafted.
Have each student complete the Contribution Worksheet activity.
Have students think of someone who embodies the idea of contribution. Students should research this person and prepare a short presentation about the person and their contribution.
Have students use the Virtue in Action handout to consider their personal application of the virtue of contribution.
The National Recovery Administration and the Schechter Brothers
By the end of this section, you will explain how the Great Depression and the New Deal impacted American political, social, and economic life over time.
The Schechter Brothers’ Purpose
In this lesson, students will read about the struggles of the Schechter Brothers and how they refused to give up their values or compromise their purpose. Students will use this example to think about ways they can be purposeful in their own lives.