Monday, March 12, 2007


Social Entreprenuer Assignment:100 Families Oakland

As a prelude to our research essay on a social entrepreneur, I'd like to take the class on a field trip to the Oakland Museum, Sunday afternoon, March 18, 1-5, to see the exhibition 100 Families Oakland: Art and Social Change. The OM is hosting a family exploration this weekend where we can make art with the artists who facilitated the 100 Families Workshops that produced the art in the OM galleries 2005-2006.

You can visit the OM website to read more about 100 Families Oakland and the Family Exploration this weekend. Let me know if you can attend and how many people will be in your party and I'll try to get tickets for your admission in advance. Admission for students is $5, 5 and under is free.

Family Explorations!
Sunday, March 18, 2007 • 1–5 p.m.
Celebrate the creative spirit of 100 Families Oakland and the first 100 days of Mayor Ron Dellums!

Hands-on art activities led by artists from 100 Families Oakland

Music, puppet show, and face painting

Spoken word poetry workshop for teens with Youth Speaks (2:30 & 3:30 p.m.)

Performances by Prescott Elementary School Circus (3 p.m.)
Visit the special exhibition 100 Families Oakland: Art & Social Change and see how the power of art can strengthen a family and community.

Learn about resources available from the Oakland Fire Department, Oakland Public Library, Parks and Recreation, Head Start, Oakland Children and Youth Services, and other City agencies.

Social Entrepreneur Essay Assignment

Handout: The Social Entrepreneur Essay research worksheet is a way to define what a social entrepreneur is compared to a philanthropist.

See a librarian at the reference desk to help you define your search and identify the SE you'd like to profile in your 5-10 page essay.

I created this assignment after seeing the program New Heroes on I wanted students to realize the power they possess to be the change in their communities they want to see, that one person can make a difference.

Use the library worksheet to define the terms: social, society,entrepreneur, "social entrepreneur", philanthropist and philanthropy. Be clear about the difference between a philanthropist and a social entrepreneur. Also define: hero, local, selfless, selfish, community, help, support, supporter. care, independence, money, wealth.

The question you want to ask after you have identified a person or two:
What motivated this person to want to change something in society? How did this person get the community's support for the project? What did the community gain? What did the social entrepreneur gain?

The person has to be alive. Try to find someone local, that is living in the San Francisco Bay Area or in California. The person has to have been doing this work for 10-20 years. You need to locate 6-10 sources on your subject to form a bibliography; you don't have to cite 10 sources. The sources can be published or broadcast interviews, books, articles, and films or you can interview them yourself. The person cannot be a relative. You can work in groups and share data. In fact, I encourage it.

Due dates
The planning sheet and 5-10 sources are due Wednesday, March 28, to share.

An introduction and conclusion to the essay are due: Monday, April 16.

The first draft of the essay is due: Monday, April 23

The final draft is due Wednesday, April 25. Email the essay, the planning sheet, and all the works cited and bibliography pages to me at

ms sabir i cannot find anything on your blog about the iraq war essay... can u please re-post the questions for the essay!?!
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