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Thursday, October 21, 2010

World Culture: Contributions for All (William's Completed Lesson)

I posted Scott's discussion a few weeks ago because he did such a fantastic job on his own. I helped William with the brainstorming. I knew he would come up with some good stuff with some probing. He surprised himself at how many ways he contributes to society.

Name anything that you are already doing to contribute to society. What is it and how is it a contribution? This can be something simple or something big.

The last two Halloweens I volunteered to scare little kids at the botanical “haunted” gardens. I dressed up as a scary zombie and some parents took pictures of me. I’d do it again this year but I we were too scary for the kids.

I helped my neighbor move furniture.

At the PAL Karate (Police athletic league) we have a yearly Saint Jude’s sparring tournament to raise money and awareness for the children’s hospital.

Name three simple things that you CAN do to help with your family or your community. What are they and how can they help? Refer to the Quest portion of the lesson for ideas.

I have participated in two PAL litter pickups. I picked up trash at two different parks. This helps because the community is nice and clean and sidewalks and the pond are not filled with trash. If you’re on a boat and something falls over you can drive back and get it. This helps because picking litter in the water helps the environment a lot. I volunteered to be in a PAL karate parade. The parade inspires community to come together and I helped with the little kids. As a black belt I set an example for the little kids about peaceful conflict resolution. PAL’s is affiliated with D.A.R.E. (Drug Awareness Resistant Education) by participating in PAL’s activities it makes me a good example and it’s about keeping dopey kids off the street. I won’t do street drugs.

Name one major thing that you can do to help your community to be a better place or to make a difference in the world. This can be an invention or volunteering or organizing a group project. Be sure that this is different than anything that you have discussed in the boxes above. Refer to both the Quest and Goal portion of the lesson for ideas. How can doing this make a difference in the world?

I am going to a nursing home to share a Shabbat service for the residents and I am taking my brother and his therapy dog Max with me. Since Scott did his assignment Max graduated to therapy dog. The residents can’t get out easy or go to synagogue and they like to see young people and dogs.

Why is it important to become a good citizen? It does not matter if it means just following the laws like obeying the speed limit or becoming the president of the United States. Why should people work to do good things in society? Be specific and use concrete details to support your opinions.

In Judaism and in my Bar Mitzvah training we do a volunteer activity for repairing the world. In Hebrew it’s called, Tikkun Olam. I want to set a good example to other people. All the activities I talked about above “repair the world.” Good deeds are called mitzvah. Mitzvah can be big or small. They all add up.

Name one person that you have learned about throughout the Quest To Be The Best Game that you feel made a big difference in the world. Who is this person? What did he or she do? Why is he or she important? You may need to quickly go back through some of the past modules to refresh your memory.

King Hammurabi of Mesopotamia made a lot of rules. He set the motion for future civilization. His rules applied to everything that happened in Mesopotamia. Modern society has applicable rules and laws but punishment not as gruesome (sadly). His most famous rule “Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” is very understandable.

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