This unit plan is geared toward end-of-the-year seniors as a way to self-reflect as well as a way of looking ahead towards the future.
Students will follow along in the audiobook of The Last Lecture as well as read the online e-book in order to get an understanding of what lessons and advice Randy Pausch wanted to give as his "last" words to his students, colleagues, family, friends, children, and wife.
While reading this book, students will complete ten reflective journals (out of 20 options) in which they think about the past, present, and future selves. These journals will serve as a brainstorming method for their final project which is two parts. The first part is a written speech that students will write based on lessons they learned in the past, lessons they would want others to think about, and advice on how others should live in order to have a fulfilling life. The second part to this final project is an oral speech in which students will give their "last lecture" with the help of a presentation aid that highlights their main points of the speech.
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