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Other Types of Insurance

Materials Needed:
"Other Types of Insurance", board (use chart paper markers, tape and easel if there is limited wall space), or computer(s) with slideshow software, word processing software, and internet access, projector.

Prior to beginning this activity the facilitator should cut out photos or articles reprinted from sources such as newspapers, magazines, or create a PowerPoint slideshow that depicts situations where insurance would be advantageous. Examples might include: flooded home, fire, auto accident, obituary notice, person in hospital, crime victim or injury on the job.

The facilitator should begin this activity by:
Holding up photos, articles, or show the PowerPoint slideshow. Ask participants how they could minimize risk in each of these situations.

Next the facilitator may wish to revisit the program segment about Rochelle James (Chapter 5). Ask, "Several types of insurance, other than health insurance, were mentioned. What are they and what do they cover?"

Facilitator Tip: Answers should include auto, disability, homeowners, liability, life and renters insurance.

As members of the class respond, the facilitator may choose to type the responses into a Word document on a computer projecting to the class or write responses on board or on large chart paper. Following that discussion, the facilitator should distribute a copy of "Other Types of Insurance" to each participant, divide class into smaller groups, assign one type of insurance to each group (see list provided in Facilitator Tip).

Then:

  • Participants in each group should discuss ideas in response to the four questions stated on the "Other Types of Insurance" handout and then record them on this sheet. (This could also be done on the computer.)
  • They will then contact a local insurance agency of the type they are researching and request an interview with a representative.
  • During the interview they should ask questions and collect data that includes details such as: cost variables, deductibles and benefits.
  • Groups can also check internet sources for other agencies providing similar insurance. Compare and contrast policy details.
  • All sources should be properly cited including the interview.
  • Each group will then do one of the following:
    • write, type or create an oral presentation
    • create a presentation in MS PowerPoint
    • create a drawn or digital (MS Publisher) tri-fold brochure
    • create an audio podcast commercial
    • create a video commercial using digital video editing software

The facilitator should conclude the activity with the following:
Lead a class discussion based on information from each group's report or presentation.