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Generosity Movie 1: Nick Vujicich  (7-12yr olds, 1 minute)    https://sites.google.com/site/valueslessons

Introduction
In this movie you'll meet an inspirational man named Nick. He was born with no arms or legs, and this disability has helped to realise the importance of the way you treat others. 
Let's listen to what he has to say about generosity.

Watch the Moviehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMH2sh7SB0U

Discussion Questions
1. How does Nick say that we feel when we give something to someone that really makes a difference in their lives. (Indescribable joy and fulfilment)
2. What is the greatest asset that we have to give? (Time.)
3. Why does it often mean so much when people give their time to you? (It shows that you care about them. Everyone needs to feel that someone cares.)
4. What are some ways we can be generous with our time? (talking, helping, babysitting, playing with younger siblings,ringing, texting or emailing someone who needs encouragement, etc.)
5. Who are some people that would really appreciate us spending some time helping them? (Grandparents, old folk who live nearby, mothers with young children, lonely people, kids with disabilities like Nick was.)

Generosity Movie 2: Soul Pancake, Unexpected Generosity  (7-12yr olds, 2 minutes) 

Summary
A short movie of people on the street telling of times when they received unexpected generosity.

Introduction
Can you think of a time when you experienced unexpected generosity? (Take stories) Watch this movie and hear some more stories.

Watch the Movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sPJSGDhpho

Discussion Questions
1. The people in the movie were given something unexpectedly, sometimes by people they knew and sometimes people they didn't know. What effect did the gifts have? (People remembered and it made them smile to think of it again.)
2. Do you think the people who were generous to them realised the pleasure they would give and how long it would be remembered for? (Probably not)
3. When someone is unexpectedly kind to you, what happens as a consequence? (It causes happiness, you get the help you needed, people become more friendly and trusting, it makes a good memory, people feel cared for, people tell others who feel good also etc.)
4. Are people are more likely to help others the way they were helped? (Yes, giving is contagious.)

Generosity Movie 3: A Companion to the Forgotten  (8-15yr olds, 3 minutes)
A wealthy Indian gives up his job to feed the hungry and homeless.

Introduction  
Who has seen a hungry street person? Did you help them? Let's see what the Indian man in this movie does when he saw a starving man.


Discussion Questions 
1. What motivated Narayanan Krishnan to start feeding the poor?
2. What kind of people does he help?
3. What other ways does he help needy people besides feeding them?
4. Was he richer or poorer because he helped destitute people? Why?
5. Why do other members of his society criticise what he is doing?

 
 Generosity Movie 4: What if We Could Lead a Life of Excessive Generosity Jeff Shinabarger (10 - 15 yr olds, 11 minutes) 


Introduction  Watch this TED talk and see what the speaker, Jeff, thinks about giving. 

Watch the Movie  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et1GQzha5Fg

Discussion Questions
1. What do we have excess of?
2. Jeff said, 'If we choose to live with less, we gain the opportunity to...' what? (give more)
3. This is what Jeff calls a lifestyle of? (excessive generosity.)
4. What gift did Clarence give to Jeff? (the ability to see how much excess was in his life)

Optional Activity
Have the class collect unwanted gift cards. Perhaps advertise it in the school newsletter or website as well. 
Contact your local Womens Refuge or homeless shelter and donate the cards to needy families. 


  Generosity Movie 5: The Key to True Generosity Rachael Chong (Teens, 8 minutes) 


 Introduction
1. What is empathy? How does empathy relate to being generous?
2. Is how much you have been given in life often just luck?
Watch this TED talk and see what the speaker, Rachael, discovered about giving.

Watch the Movie  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiM2BobJk_U

Discussion Questions
1. In what ways are you lucky? Write a list of at least ten things you are lucky to have, in order of their importance to you.
2. If a street child in Bangladesh, like the ones Rachael gave biscuits to, could change places with you, would they change the priority order of your list? 
3. What might be at the top of their list? Why? What might be next? Why? What might be last on their list?
4. If you swapped with the street child for a year, and then were able to change back, would it change you? In what ways?