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Service-Learning Guide for Parents

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Again, this resource is not particularly for the English classroom, or even for the English teacher.  Instead, it is a guide for parents explaining what service learning is, and why it is important.  I think that this would be a helpful resource for teachers because I feel like many parents may question the implementation of service learning into the classroom.  However, I feel like this resource could quickly explain its importance to them.  Additionally, I think that I could be very beneficial to get parents on board with the idea and purpose of service learning.  If they buy into it then I feel like they could be very helpful in encouraging their children to partake in the process in a more meaningful way.

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Sage Hill School Stories: Service Learning

The Service Learning Program promotes intellectual growth, self-awareness, community engagement, and social entrepreneurship. Service learning at Sage Hill S...
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Although this video focuses on a school wide approach to service learning, I think that the attitudes and dispositions towards service learning that are represented in the video are very important to see.  Not only are the teachers and administrators excited about and invested into service learning and its purposes, but the students seem to have truly come to an understanding of this as well.  By working to intersect service learning and the classroom, this school has made it a part of their school’s culture.  Additionally, I think that this is great that they allow their students to work with issues that they are passionate about.  With this passion comes true investment and ownership of the projects they are working with.  The approach that this school takes towards service learning is one that any teacher trying to incorporate it into their own classroom could benefit from.

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With the mission statement of “to inspire, equip, and mobilize youth to take action that changes the world and themselves through service” it is pretty self-explanatory why I have included GenerationOn on this board.  This is a program that is working hard to get our younger generations to adopt an attitude and passion for service and the positive outcomes that it can produce.  Specifically, I have provided the link to their “Educators” page.  On this page you can find different resources to align your classroom with the mission of GenerationOn.  One of the most helpful links is to premade lesson plans that incorporate service into different content-based classrooms.

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The Value of Building a Service-Learning Environment

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This is a wonderful post about a service-learning experience at an elementary school. I found it inspiring to read. For anyone on the fence about getting service-learning started at their school, read this.

 

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"In lieu of a traditional day of classes, the entire sixth-grade spent the morning participating in sessions related to the service-learning activities they would be participating throughout the year. NYLC staff led several Service-Learning 101 sessions, where community problem-solving was addressed as a core concept of service-learning and students were divided into groups that dug deeper using four steps—Investigate, Plan, Take Action, and Evaluate.

 

When asked, some students talked about their experiences in their neighborhoods witnessing bullying or littering and how they took action, or didn’t. It was encouraging to see their faces light up in response to simply asking for their perspective and giving them a chance to express their youth voice. When we framed the idea of service-learning in this way, their small group discussions took on a life of their own."

 


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In this blog post, Sam Schultz discusses the value of a service-learning environment in the classroom.  He discusses his introduction to service learning in a college course and how he did not fully understand its true value until he saw it implemented.  The post discusses his recent experience of witnessing a school wide community where service learning had truly flourished.  Based on this experience Schultz delves into the ways in which service learning can truly add value to education.  I think that this blog post would be a good read for those who are skeptic of the idea of service learning in the classroom and what authentic results it may produce.

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Amazon.com: Citizenship Across the Curriculum (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) eBook: Michael B. Smith, Rebecca S. Nowacek, Jeffrey L. Bernstein, Pat Hutchings, Mary Taylor Huber: Kindle Store

Citizenship Across the Curriculum (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) - Kindle edition by Michael B. Smith, Rebecca S. Nowacek, Jeffrey L. Bernstein, Pat Hutchings, Mary Taylor Huber.
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This book was written for college classroom curriculum, but I think that it could still be useful for high school teachers.  The book is not specifically focused on the English classroom, but it provides ideas for incorporating civic engagement into all types of classrooms.   I think that it could be interesting to have some ideas of civic engagement that could happen in multiple classrooms.  It seems that these ideas could even be incorporated into multidiscipline collaboration and projects.  The book seeks to provoke conversations about being more civically engaged and what that means for the rest of your life.  I think that even a discussion about the book could be beneficial as well.  The fact that it is written for college professors is encouraging that it will be challenging for the high school students that work with it.

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Service-Learning and Social Justice: Engaging Students in Social Change: Susan Benigni Cipolle: 9781607095194: Amazon.com: Books

Service-Learning and Social Justice: Engaging Students in Social Change

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In this book the author provides many ideas for how service learning and social justice can be incorporated into education.  Specifically, this book looks at how social justice awareness and service learning can be address on a classroom level as well as a whole school level.  The ideas of the book can start in the classroom, but hopefully stem out into the entirety of the school.

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Social Justice Through Social Action | National Service-Learning Clearinghouse

Social Justice Through Social Action | National Service-Learning Clearinghouse | Civic Engagement & Service Learning in the English Classroom | Scoop.it
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This resource provides an assignment that gets students involved in instances of social justice that are occurring around them.  In the assignment students where challenged to some sort of social injustice taking place within their community.  After students have found an injustice they will be placed in groups to work on one social injustice together.  Within their groups they must research the social injustice within its local and global context.  Once the research is done the students must create films that bring awareness to the issues.  This would be great for the English classroom because it could be another way for students to practice research, and creating films requires working within a specific rhetorical context that would be challenging and beneficial for students.

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Ripple Effect Project | National Service-Learning Clearinghouse

Ripple Effect Project | National Service-Learning Clearinghouse | Civic Engagement & Service Learning in the English Classroom | Scoop.it
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This is an actual assignment created  by the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse.  In this assignment students consider how their actions affect those around them.  Examples are their friends, families, communities, local government, etc.  The setup of this assignment would be really interesting to pair with literature.  Students could analyze a character through their actions and the ways that their actions have affected those around them.  Then they could analyze their own character in the same sense.  I think that this is a great way to get at the idea of teaching your students to think about the kind of people they are with the assistance of literature.

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The Benefits of Service-Learning in Schools and Communities are Explored in ... - DigitalJournal.com (press release)

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“Just as art, music, social studies, and elementary school science have received short shrift in the learning day,” says Dr.

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Service Learning in the K-12 Classroom

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While this document is not specifically written for the English classroom, it is for teachers.  I think that it is important to have documents that lay service learning out in a way that explicitly explains what it is, why it is important, and how it can be implemented into school.  Because of this, it seems like this teacher guide in particular would be helpful to any individual teacher that is interested in incorporating service learning into their classroom.  The breakdown of the guide is very helpful in giving a quick resource for many different aspects of service learning.  Additionally, I think that the examples of service learning projects as well as other web sources would be very helpful to teachers across all contents.

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West Adams Senior Service Learning (Mrs. Theisen-Homer's class)

Mrs. Theisen-Homer's 3rd period Senior English class at West Adams Prep High School read the novel Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. After this, we went on a field tr...
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This particular video acts as a good example of what can be done with service learning in an English classroom.  I love that this teacher has combined one of the pieces of literature her class read with a service project.  By connecting the two it seems to have given her students a greater understanding of the issues that were relevant within the book and how those issues are reflected in or related to the reality that we live in.  I think that this is one of the best ways to incorporate service learning into the classroom because it helps them care more about the content that is being taught AND it gives them a sense of awareness about the issues to which they can positively contribute.  Additionally, I feel like the student thoughts represented in this video are great proof that if service learning is incorporated meaningfully then all participants can learn many real and beneficial lessons.

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Teaching for Joy and Justice - Rethinking Schools Online

Teaching for Joy and Justice - Rethinking Schools Online | Civic Engagement & Service Learning in the English Classroom | Scoop.it
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In this practitioner’s book, Linda Christensen writes about her experiences teaching in the English classroom.  Although the entirety of the book is not just based on teaching English for justice, she does provide some great insight about doing so.  In addition to her thoughts on teaching English with a focus on social justice, she also goes into detail about some of her own lesson plans.  Having read most of this book for my English Education Methods course, I personally recommend it to any English teacher, but especially those who desire to incorporate important aspects of society into their content curriculum.  Christensen does a great job of truly teaching English and the skills that are important to the content, AND tying the content to the importance of being aware of and active about the injustices that have already taken place and will continue to take place within our society.

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With Common Core State Standards, Why Service Learning Matters Even More

With Common Core State Standards, Why Service Learning Matters Even More | Civic Engagement & Service Learning in the English Classroom | Scoop.it

Students benefit from real-world applications of their academic learning while they are still in school, with a research-based approach called service learning.


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Anyone skeptical about incorporating service learning into the classroom because of the “constraints” of the CCSS would should read this article. In this web article, authors Cathryn Berger Kaye and Maureen Connolly write about the intersection of the Common Core State Standards and service learning.  The article uses the CCSS outline of the seven “Capacities for the Literate Individual” to explain how service learning and engagement helps students to reach these seven targeted skills and behaviors.  To do this they break down service learning into five stages and work to explain what elements of growth and learning take place within these stages.  The article concludes with a brief explanation of why service learning matters, which in their opinion is to bring the CCSS “to life.”

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The Complete Guide to Service Learning: Proven, Practical Ways to Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum, & Social Action: Cathryn Berger Kaye: 9781575421339: Amazon.com: Books

The Complete Guide to Service Learning: Proven, Practical Ways to Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum, & Social Action [Cathryn Berger Kaye] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
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This book provides an array of activities, ideas, and resources that help teachers start a conversation with students about giving back to society.  The goal of the book is to pull at the heart and the mind of the students that will be involved with the activities in a way that makes them think about what it means to “reach out” and “give back.”  In the book, Kaye introduces what service learning is, why it is important, specific elements of it, and the challenges that come along with it.  The book specifically sets up these ideas of service learning within a curricular context.  It seems like the book focuses in on showing students why service learning is important and how they can do something about it.

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Good Deeds | National Service-Learning Clearinghouse

Good Deeds | National Service-Learning Clearinghouse | Civic Engagement & Service Learning in the English Classroom | Scoop.it
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This page from the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse provides an assignment focusing on service learning.  In the assignment students have to choose their own service project to carry out within the local community.  Once the project is chosen and approved they must create a plan to carry it out.  The students must do background research before carrying out the project.  This particular assignment has a focus on the role of compassion in service learning and other contexts.  I think it would be an interesting assignment to pair with certain pieces of literature. 

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Welcome to the blog that mirrors the eponymous book I'm writing: a journey of one year, performing ONE GOOD DEED a day for one year. I'll post a couple of the deeds per week here, and hope you all ...
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This is a blog from the author of One Good Deed, Erin McHugh.  McHugh started this blog when she was writing her book.  Throughout her posts Erin describes the different acts of service that she has done/is doing.  The purpose of this blog and her book is to encourage readers to challenge themselves to do one good deed a day.  I have pinned this website for the blog as well as the book itself.  Although McHugh's work focuses on small deeds, this is still a form of service and I think that it could be beneficial in an English classroom that is focus on Service learning/civic engagement.  I personally, would really like to have students doing a project that resembles this blog.  Of course it would be difficult to have them doing a daily deed and reflection, but I do like the idea of using a blog to document acts of service and reflection upon them.  This incorporates the service learning aspect and writing for a specific type of audience.

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English Service Learning Projects | Shabazz City High School - Madison, Wisconsin

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This particular web page was generated by a high school in Wisconsin.  The page lists off different options for English service learning projects. I wanted to share this particular page because I think that it has a good range of activities.  It is not explicitly focused on one area, but instead uses creative means to tie important aspects of the English classroom into different types of projects ranging from on literacy to social issues to death and dying.  Although the projects listed are just the general idea of each project, they are great starting points or even models for possible service learning projects to use within your English classroom. 

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English and Language Arts Service-Learning Projects

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This is a great source for all English/ELA teachers.  I love that it provides specific project ideas for the content at all grade levels.  While, my focus in on secondary education classes I thought that some of the elementary and middle school projects were great too! I specifically love how many of these projects are cross curriculum.  In my research, and I would imagine in research about service learning in the classroom in general, I found a lot of resources that would be useful for science, but I love that this document gives ideas about how to take service learning projects that may start as science based, but can be turned English focused just by shifting your approach/perspective of the issue or cause. 

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