Living History: An Intergenerational Philanthropy Project
This Living History project connects elementary students and senior citizens with a writing assignment in a real-world context. Students will review what philanthropy is and be motivated to respond through voluntary action. Students will write their autobiography for the author page. They will interview their senior friend from a local senior center or retirement home several times. They will explore the local museum with that person to discover why people came to this area. They will work in pairs to write poetry and the biography of their senior friend. They will create and publish a Living History book about each senior citizen to be presented at a Celebration of Living History at the center or home.
3, 4, 5
Civics, Human Behavior, Human Relations, Sociology, Visual Arts, Journalism, Listening Comprehension, Speech, Writing (composition)
Unit of instruction
Learning to Give