Leadership & Service Learning               


Course Description

Rationale Statement:  Service learning is a course which blends academic learning and career exploration while engaging students in service.  The goal of Service Learning is to empower youth to become engaged in their personal, social, and working lives.  Students engaged in Service Learning are more academically proficient, workforce ready, motivated to learn, committed to civic participation and connected to their schools and communities.  Service Learning has proven to develop and improve the following skills: analysis, critical thinking, communication, problem solving, research, and public speaking.  FCCLA will be incorporated into classroom learning.

Suggested Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, and 12th Grades

Standards of Qualify Service Learning:

bulletMeaningful Service
bulletLink to Curriculum
bulletYouth Voice
bulletProgress Monitoring
bulletDuration and Intensity
bulletCareer Development

Expectation: Students will be expected to meet the course goals by demonstrating their understanding of the basic concepts of each topic area.  In order to pass the course, students will need a minimum of 70%.

Delivery Method:  Instruction will consist of individual hands on activities and projects, group work, lecture, discussion, reading, writing, self-assessment, and the use of technology.  FCCLA will be incorporated into the course.

Community Involvement:  Guest speakers will be brought in throughout the course.  Learning trips will be taken for various units in the course (depending on certain factors).  Students will also use community resources to complete individual and group projects.

Assessment:  Students will be graded on the following items:  journals portfolios, presentations, written reports, tests, daily work, group work, and individual projects.  NOTE: SERVICE LEARNING is 50% of Grade.  (Each student will be required to complete a minimum of 60 hours of service during the semester).  Understanding by Design will be used to direct and assess learning.

Major Course Projects:


Community Demographics/Resources Project


Service Learning/Community Service Project(s) (Minimum of 60 Hours)


National Programs Projects


Illustrated Talk Presentation

"Everybody can be great.  Because anybody can serve.  you don't have to have a college degree to serve.  You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve... You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love."

 -Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) Minister, Civil Rights Activist





Class Introduction 


2.  Service Learning Hours- Students must complete 60 hours of service learning/community service throughout the course of the semester.  This must be documented on the Service Learning Hours sheet, signed, and turned in.  These hours must also be entered into your SDMyLife account.

3.  "The Importance of Teamwork",

4.  "Get to know you" Activities 
bullet"Ball" Activity
bullet"Point of View" Exercise
bullet"Hand Exercise"  Identifying Close Energy Takers & Givers (Erika Oliver)
bullet"Bull's Eye" (Communication & Working Together) (Still More Activities That Teach, P. 64)
bullet"Group Benefits" (Diversity & Working Together) (Still More Activities That Teach, P. 104)
bulletAssignment:  Each student will write a 5 sentence or more paragraph about the importance of team work and communication when you are a leader.

5.  Wednesday, September 4, we will be doing our first community service project, a "Town Clean Up."  Students must have the parental release form signed and brought back in order to participate in this project.  This will be 1.5 hours for your Service Learning Hours sheet and must be signed by Mrs. Kroeplin.  Wear appropriate clothing.


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bullet Intro to FCCLA PowerPoint
bulletAssignment #1:  Complete the Step One FCCLA WebQuest.   Answers can be found at www.fcclainc.org and in the Teen Times Magazine.
bullet Why FCCLA? Officer Panel - Prepare questions to ask FCCLA Officers.
bullet Assignment #2:  "Pep Talk from Kid President"
bullet Journal:  Who encourages you?  Why?  Write a 100 word pep talk to others inspiring them to make a difference and become a leader.
bullet Introduction to FCCLA SPOONS ACTIVITY Intro Activity: Spoons Spoons Handouts
bullet Quiz

Principles of Leadership

Definitions of Leadership

Clip: What is leadership? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHZ3tqM2J3k&feature=related)

bulletFamous Leaders PowerPoint
bulletStill More Activities That Teach: "Marshmallow Tower" P. 142
bulletAssignment #1:  What is Leadership? (Wallwisher) Group Project - Each group will come up with their own personal definitions leadership.  Discuss types of leaders. Brainstorm leaders.  Create a border of leaders around the edge of the tag board.
bulletAssignment #2: Characteristics of a good leader. www.wordle.net or www.tagxedo.com.
bulletAssignment #3:  Songs of Leadership Press Play Below

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Leadership Styles

bulletLeadership Styles Class Relays
bullet Assignment #1: Give each student a white piece of paper and instruct them to fold it into four sections.  Label the sections (Quietly, Verbally, Physically, Visually) in reference to the ways leadership can be demonstrated.  Students should then use magazine pictures, drawings, or computer clip art to illustrate examples of each concept.  There should be two or three pictures per section.
bulletLeadership Styles PowerPoint (Notes & Vocabulary).
bulletLeadership Styles Quiz!:  http://psychology.about.com/library/quiz/bl-leadershipquiz.htm

Assignment #2:  Leadership Style Essay

bulletType a one to two page analysis on your personal leadership style.
bulletThe analysis should include a minimum of five paragraphs with a minimum of four sentences in each paragraph including a opening and summary (closing) sentence.  The paragraphs may be based upon the following:
  1. A paragraph about your leadership strengths (give examples)
  2. A paragraph about your leadership weaknesses (give examples)
  3. A paragraph about your perceived leadership style. (Autocratic, Democratic, or Laissez Faire)
  4. A paragraph describing the traits of an effective team member. (include one cited source)
  5. A paragraph explaining your overall thoughts about leadership, successful leaders in society and leadership trends.


bulletBalloons Relay
bulletExcuses, Excuses, Excuses Activity
bulletAdd A Word Activity
bulletLost for Words Activity
bulletPassive, Assertive, and Aggressive Behaviors Activity

Analyze components of service learning

(Service Learning Indicator #1)

Listening 101


bulletSONG: Nobody's Listening (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdq_DAjrEVk)
bulletCLIP:  Listening PIGS http://icanhascheezburger.com/2009/05/31/video-listening-pigs/
bulletBus Driver Listening Activity.
bullet Draw What You Hear Group Activity


bullet Assignment #1:Open the Listening 101 PowerPoint. Read through this PowerPoint either individually or with a partner or group.  While you are reading the Power Point fill out the Listening 101 Study Guide.  TURN THIS IN TO THE SUB.
bulletAssignment #2:   Complete the Listening 101 Word Search. KEEP THIS TO STUDY.  YOU WILL HAVE A VOCABULARY QUIZ ON WEDNESDAY.
bulletAssignment #3:  NEWSLETTER - Directions (DUE WEDNESDAY):
1. After watching a newscast on the Internet, students will create a news article for a newspaper using either Publisher or Word. They will use the information heard on the newscast and paraphrase/summarize it into a one page newsletter complete with headlines and pictures.
2. Using the links below in the Internet Sources, choose a specific story that you are interested in.
3. Students should use the skills learned in Listening 101 to create a newsletter that will include all the stories mentioned in the newscast with as many details as possible.
4. Each news article summary should be a minimum of 100 words (that's not very man).
5. Students will compare newsletters to see how information is received differently by different people.



Community Demographics

SL 1.1 Describe community demographics

bullet http://superherosquad.marvel.com/create_your_own_comic
bulletAssignment #1:  Create a "community portrait" collage depicting community characteristics using Wordle. (www.tagxedo.com)
bulletAssignment #2:  In groups you will create and hand out a survey to a minimum of 40 community members regarding local needs. Press Play Below.


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Local, State & National Issues

SL 1.2 Examine local issues and their connection to state and national issues.

bulletChart/brainstorm community issues.
bulletResearch possible solutions and underlying causes.
bulletUse a Venn diagram to compare and contrast local issues to similar state and national issues.
bulletPress Play Below

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Community Resources

SL 1.3 Investigate community resources which could be used to solve community needs or problems.

bulletDevelop a chart of local resources
bulletAnalyze resources which could be used to solve the problem or need, using a T chart or Venn diagram/

Students in Service

bulletStudents in Service Worksheet
bulletService Organizations Activity
bulletStudents in Service Vocabulary
bulletAssignment #1:  Students will research available opportunities in the local community or choose a specific service organization and create a newsletter, calendar or poster highlighting the schedule of events or services and listing the benefits of serving others.  The newsletter should be at least one full page and use an appropriate desktop publishing layout with the contact information for each opportunity included.  Distribute the newsletters to other class members and through the school to inform others of volunteer and service opportunities.  May work in groups of four but must show evidence of all being involved to receive full points.  Press Play Below


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Students will develop service learning skills

(Service Learning Indicator #2)

Decision Making

Decision Making Skit Activity in groups.
bulletRole models

Continue with Decision Making Vocabulary as we go through the Decision Making PowerPoint.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Activity.

What would you do? http://www.hulu.com/what-would-you-do


bulletStudents will select a specific factor which influences the decision making process and prepare a one to two page personal essay explaining how the factor previously influenced a personal decision.
bulletStudents may choose any decision from their past but should explain the decision in detail.
bulletStudents not be required to share their essays with the class.

Positive Relationships

bulletComplete the What Relationships Do I Have? Activity.
bulletCommunication Relationships Assignment:  Students will evaluate their level of communication effectiveness for two different relationships.  Students will write at least two paragraphs explaining their perceived level of listening skills as well as their current level of communication within each relationship.  Students should provide at least two examples from each relationship as the basis for their written analysis.
bulletFriendship Activity Game!
bulletWant Ad Assignment: Students will write a "want-ad" for a best friend.  The ad can also be changed to a "for sale" ad in which the student highlights their relationship and friendship strengths.
bulletTake the Positive Relationships quizzes at http://www.positive-way.com/communication.htm 
bulletDating Rules Assignment (If time allows): Students will create a list of 10 dating rules.  The rules should indicate how students expect to be treated and how they will treat others while dating.  The rules could also incorporate guidelines for keeping them safe or happy while dating such as no kissing on the first date or always tell someone where you are going.  Discuss the factors with influenced you to choose those rules and why it is important to have dating rules with your group. (You may work with a partner or in small groups)
bulletPositive Relationships Crossword Vocabulary Quiz
bulletWhat would you do? DECISION MAKING http://www.hulu.com/watch/147916/what-would-you-do-man-lures-drunken-girl-what-would-you-do

Just Between Us: Communication 101

1.  Just Between Us:  Communication 101 DVD


3.  Communication Activities

Conflict Resolution

bulletAssignment #1: Video Clip (Conflict Resolution, The Waterboy) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZpDnXYIFjo
bulletAssignment #2:  Conflict: Make It A Win-Win Solution Activity: Conflict Vocabulary.
bulletAssignment #3: Conflicts in the World Activity:  Conflict Vocabulary (Continued)
bullet Conflict Management for Leaders
bullet Problem Solving for Leaders

Time to Spare: Time Management

bullet"Time to Spare" DVD (take notes)
bulletTime to Spare VOCABULARY
bulletAssignment:  Website http://www.studygs.net/schedule


Stress: Managing for a Healthy Life

bulletStress Test 
bulletStress Management DVD
bulletStress:  Managing for a Healthy Life VOCABULARY
bulletCreate a PSA (Public Service Announcement) about stress and how to deal with it.  These will be displayed and handed out within the school and community so use your time wisely!

Managing Multiple Roles

1.  Managing Multiple Roles DVD

2.  Managing Multiple Roles VOCABULARY


Problem Solving Process

SL 2.1 Apply the problem solving process

bulletCreate a plan to illustrate the FCCLA problem solving process.
bulletSchedule work.
bulletPrioritize tasks, budget time and money.
bulletAssign group members responsibilities.
bulletUse the problem solving process in a scenario or real-life issue.

Collaboration with Community Groups

SL 2.2 Demonstrate collaboration with community groups.

bulletWork in partnership with community groups.
bulletHave a panel discussion with community leaders.
bulletInterview members of community organizations.

Cost & Benefits of Project Plan

SL 2.3 Analyze the cost and benefits of projected plan.

bulletUse Excel to create a chart which categorizes the costs and benefits of the projected plan.
bulletUse a budgeting program to evaluate the plan.


Evaluation Tools

SL 2.4 Implement evaluation tools.

bulletUse a rating scale to evaluate the project.
bulletCompare and contrast different types of evaluation devices.


Personal Experience

SL 2.5 Analyze your personal experience of service learning.

bulletWrite a reflection paper regarding the process and plan.
bulletSummarize the steps taken to solve the problem.

Explain the rationale of service learning

(Service Learning Indicator #3)


SL 3.1 Justify the use of resources

bulletAssess the use of resources, time, and money through class discussion, or personal journals.
bulletChart the contributions of paid and volunteer hours of labor, compare and contrast.


SL 3.2 Discuss the impact of diversity

bulletBrainstorm contributions of group members
bulletCompare and contrast the difference in beliefs among participants and the community.
bullet People for the New Society Group Activity (Page 78).

Understanding Cultural Differences

1.  Understanding Cultural Differences DVD (Take Notes)

2.  Understanding Cultural Differences VOCABULARY

3.  Cultural Reports Assignment

Analyze the purpose of celebration and future planning

(Service Learning Indicator #4)

Recognition Process

SL 4.1 Demonstrate the recognition process.

bulletPlan an awards ceremony and publicity


Future Opportunities

SL 4.2 Explore future opportunities

bulletBrainstorm future needs and/or opportunities
bulletRank future needs
bullet Directions:
  1. Research what a Personal Mission Statement is (there are many examples on the internet).  I also have an example of one of mine that you may look at.
  2. Create your own Personal Mission Statement.
Service Learning Resources "Planning Tool Kit: A Guide for Creating Effective Service Projects" available at 
http://www.txcsl.org/about_sl.php- Texas Center for Service Learning -
http://www.augsburg.edu/education/s-l/resources.html- many resources for service learning from schools and agencies in Minnesota

Highmore High School Family & Consumer Sciences and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.