If you think good deeds are only the stuff of fiction, take a look in your local newspaper to see if you can find evidence of kindness in your own town. Look for articles about altruism, or doing good things for others. Then write an essay summarizing the article. Read your essays aloud with your class and discuss the following questions:
- What was the motivation for each act of kindness?
- How were the good deeds received by others?
- What kind of impact did these kindnesses have?
- Is doing “good” a personal choice or something that you learn from your parents, teachers, church and other role models?
- Besides helping a person in need, does charity also benefit the "doer" of the act?
- How can doing good help an entire community?
After you’ve all read and discussed your newspaper articles, divide into small groups and talk about your own personal service experiences: maybe your family has volunteered at a soup kitchen, perhaps you donated to a food drive or it could be something as simple as sharing your lunch with a friend.
Next, talk about the various types of service activities you know about in your school or community. Are they all the same or are they different? What organization do you think needs the most help? Which one interests you? Finally, talk about ways that you, your school and your family can get involved in helping others.