Self-Directed Service-Learning Project Tool Kit for High School Students

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Service-learning projects for self-directed learners offer a great opportunity for high school students to give back to their communities, develop 21st-century skills, and build their resumes through community involvement.

Individuals or small groups design and lead their own service-learning projects while you facilitate. This tool kit provides guiding templates to scaffold students seamlessly and independently through the experience from start to finish.

"I used it to lay the groundwork for service-learning projects. Gave me a great place to start." - Heather

Using the tool kit, individuals or small groups will:

  • Choose a community topic
  • Research that topic in-depth
  • Interview community members to identify specific needs related to the subtopic
  • Brainstorm service-learning projects with the intention of filling the defined need
  • Complete service-learning projects.

There is very little prep on your part. Simply introduce the experience, print the guiding templates, and facilitate and manage experiences.

Check out the free service-learning implementation spreadsheet included with my free experiential learning tools mini-bundle by clicking here.

***This resource includes a printable PDF, a digital Google Slides, and a digital TPT Easel option. This resource is not editable at this time.

Timeframe: I did not add a specific time duration for this project because it will vary widely based on learning structure and project details. A service-learning project could take anywhere from 2 weeks to 9 months. If you tell students that they have 2 weeks to complete these projects, they will plan their experiences around that timeline.

Service-Learning Project Tool Kit Includes:

  • A teacher guide with service-learning project facilitation steps
  • Student service-learning project description, overall project instructions, and service-learning examples to help guide and inspire
  • Service-learning project checklist
  • Interest survey to identify a community topic of interest and a perceived community interest
  • Research guide with guiding questions and room to add student research questions
  • Interview template with some guiding questions to get students started and room for notes
  • Service-learning project brainstorming mind map
  • Service-learning project planning templates
  • Project-specific service-learning experience task list
  • Presentation planner
  • Service-learning project plan summary
  • Service-learning project reflection
  • Service-learning rubric

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.
Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.
Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.


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