An Introduction to Altruism Watch, listen and follow the lyrics… http://www.mtv.com/videos/michael-jackson/206759/man-in-the-mirror.jhtml Quick-Write #1 Discuss how the message of this song relates to this class and this unit?
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2) Discuss how the message of this song relates to you and your life.
~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
ALTRUISM by definition is the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others.
Based on the definition alone, brainstorm several people who demonstrate this word. These people can be famous or individuals in your life. What do they do to show altruism?
Sadly, some foreigners view The United States of America as extremely individualistic. In other words, they believe that we are all selfish, only want to better ourselves and our own life, and simply don’t care enough about others.
Other antonyms: selfish, egotistical, arrogant, narcissistic
Do you agree or disagree with this stereotype? Why or why not?
- The French philosopher named August Comte coined the word altruism in 1851 and it was added to the English dictionary two years later.
- However, all human kind has been demonstrating altruism since the world’s beginning.
- Altruism is studied today by psychologists, biologists, theologians, anthropologists, political scientists, economists, sociologists, mathematicians and more.
- Most societies acknowledge the importance of altruism in that it benefits a community as a whole.
- Societies also understand that it is imperative to cooperate with one another rather than strive on conflict. Thus, it helps avoid war and instead, instills peace.
- Some believe that altruism is human nature, while others disagree.
- Many believe that all human beings are 100% self-interested. In other words, even if someone helps another, they are doing it for their own interest and essentially for the wrong reasons.
Do you believe that altruistic behavior is hereditary? Why or why not?
Do you agree or disagree that all human beings are 100% self-interested? Why or why not?
- As we get older, we will become more a part of our community. We should take part in actions that make up our civil duty. These types of things include: voting, jury duty, being aware of politics around you, and demonstrating altruistic behavior.
- All of the different kinds of organizations that you researched.
- Within communities at the city (and within cities, like neighborhoods), state, national or global level
- In schools, shelters, hospitals, governments, homes, etc…EVERYWHERE!
-As we have learned by studying many genocides, we now understand that hatred often stems from intolerance, and oftentimes, this includes religion.
-However, most, if not all WORLD religions have this one thing in common, and that is that they all believe in altruistic behavior.
Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Taoism, and many more…
In short, individuals who are sincerely concerned for the well-being of others are content with an internal, gratifying reward, other than a material reward or even verbal recognition.
Discuss a time when you or someone else has demonstrated an altruistic behavior, and HAS NOT expected anything in return (material or verbal).
- Perfecting our letters to Barack Obama and sending them (awareness and trying to make a change)
- Learn even more about the genocide in Darfur.
- Fundraising $$ for The Education Project in Darfur so that children can go to school (individual and as a team)!
- Weekly and Nightly Logs
- Daily effort
- Weekly journals
- End of the unit portfolio and presentation
- All of this combined is a service learning project.
- Service-learning is a method of teaching, learning and reflecting that combines academic classroom curriculum with meaningful service, frequently youth service, throughout the community.
- Thus, we will be using our Darfur curriculum and knowledge and using it to raise money and spread awareness!
What are some types of things that you would like to do during this unit? What ideas do you have?
- can drives, penny wars, donation jars, etc.
Groups of 3-4 students will come up with fundraising ideas for 1 of the following:
1) Think of a way to fundraise money from other students and staff at IHS
2) Think of a way to fundraise money from an event that will take place in our community
These are simply ideas to get your minds working:
Get fired up and creative!