PRJ010: Service Learning (Elective)

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

For a complete list of the materials to be used in this course by your enrolled student, please visit MyInfo. All lists are subject to change at any time.

Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

This project may be used in a variety of ways—as a standalone project, in conjunction with another course, or as a foundation around which to base a one-semester course. An introductory unit presents instruction on the nature of service learning. Students are taught how to identify community needs, select projects that are meaningful to themselves, apply practical skills, reflect on their learning experience, and behave responsibly in a service setting. Students then move on to design and conduct service learning experiences of their own, according to the requirements of their projects. Documents to support teachers in guiding students through the project are included.

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Course Outline

Introduction to the Project

Students learn the components of the project.

What is Service Learning?

Students learn the difference between service learning and volunteering. They learn the essential elements of service learning, including meaningful service, partnerships, link to curriculum, reflection, progress monitoring, and youth voice. They learn the steps they will take—investigation, planning and preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration and celebration.

Research Service Opportunities

Students are introduced to a variety of service interest areas and are shown how to locate resources for service opportunities.

Identify a Need

Students learn to identify a community to be served, assess community needs and opportunities with the assistance of community partners, and relate community needs to underlying societal issues.

Plan a Service Learning Experience

Students plan a meaningful and personally relevant service learning experience and develop an action plan. They define the attainable and visible outcomes of the service activity, identifying the value of these outcomes to the community served.

Set Learning Goals

Students set learning goals aligning the service experience with their academic curriculum and state standards. They identify specific knowledge and skills transferable from school to the real world. They create a plan for demonstrating their outcomes in a final presentation.

Get Plan Approval

Students refine their plan with their teacher's input, and get approval of their final project plan from the teacher, a parent or mentor, and the service supervisor.

Perform Service

Students learn appropriate conduct for themselves, other volunteers, supervisors, and community members in a service learning experience. They consider the diversity and mutual respect required in the experience. Then they begin their service, tracking their hours and getting verification from their service supervisors.

Reflect on Service

Students assess knowledge, skills, and attitudes before, during, and after the service experience, describing the effects of the service experience on their lives and evaluating their progress toward service goals and learning outcomes.

Complete Service Learning Experience

Students complete the service learning experience. They report on their achievement of service and learning goals, and sum up their reflections in a final presentation.

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Lesson Scheduling

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling