Goals & Vocabulary for Success

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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16 pages
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3-5 days' worth of lessons on goal-setting, goal and achievement vocabulary, and integrated reading (and possibly listening/watching), discussion, and writing about success, failure, and what's most important in life.

16 pages of differentiated goal-setting and vocabulary activities and games, comprehension questions, and writing and discussion prompts (besides the cover and 4 answer keys.)

The suggested readings (linked) are commencement addresses discussing the meaning of success and the value of initial failure. The key address is in clear. simple language. This pdf also includes scaffolding, with explanation of potentially difficult expressions and idioms, for the optional secondary addresses (only suggested for for higher level students.)

Academic vocabulary that is extensively practiced: accomplish, achieve, attain, attitude, benefit, criteria, emphasize, energy, establish, factors, financial, focus, goal, identify, objective, priority, resolution, security, specific, success, target

Now includes an editable Word file as well as a pdf.

Contents (in Lesson Order)

• Teaching notes including timing, vocabulary, differentiation, lesson suggestions and links, and possible discussion or writing prompts: pg. 3-7

• Vocabulary Notebook template (optional—or use your own system) pg. 8

• Vocabulary for Achievement:

>Example Sentences pg. 9

>Practice Activities (Odd One Out, Matching, and Gap-fill) pg. 10

>Answer key pg. 11

• Words for Success pg. 12

• Answer key pg. 13

• Short video talking about some famous people who failed before they succeeded (link pg. 5)

• Review Crossword on Success pg. 14

• Success Vocabulary Crossword answer key pg.15

• Marc Lewis Commencement Address (link & discussion pg. 6)

• Comprehension Questions pg. 16-17

• Answer key pg. 18

• Optional follow-up for high-Intermediate or advanced ESL classes (or junior or senior English classes): -links pg. 7)

• Learning from Failure: quotes from J.K. Rowling and Steve Jobs to discuss- pg. 19

• parts or all of Steve Jobs’ and J.K. Rowling’s commencement addresses (both with video and transcript.) links pg. 7

• Explanation of idioms and expressions in Jobs’s speech pg. 20-21

• class discussion or writing prompts pg. 7

• credits pg. 22

Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


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