Students study themselves to discover their goals, priorities, interests, and skills, and then deliver a short oral presentation what they want from life after graduation.
My students have discovered that by the time you reach your senior year, you should already be on track with a specific plan for college and career. That means that students in 8th through 10th grades need to think a lot harder about what they want out of life, what real life is like, and what they need to be doing to prepare for it.
This is the first mini-unit in a larger series focusing on Life after Graduation. The series is Common-Core aligned and focuses most heavily on the Writing standards and Speaking and Listening standards. In this mini-unit, students will focus on using evidence to support their claims in an oral presentation. The activity prepares students to clearly explain and understand what they want from a career, even if they still haven't decided on a specific job or career field.
This download includes the following:
* Presentation Instructions and Outlining Organizer
* Suggested Pre-Reading Non-Fiction Articles
* Suggested Online Career Interest / Skill / Personality Surveys
* A Career Priority Survey
* Group Discussion Questions
* Presentation Instructions and Grading Rubric
* Full Daily Lesson Plans
The unit comes as an easily-printable PDF file. It lends itself to a classroom that has access to a computer lab or digital devices, but it can be done in a more limited way if computers are not available.
Just a side note: I originally created this Life after Graduation project for a night school class with 9th and 10th graders who had failed English. It was a great way for them to meet English standards, but it also helped refocus them on what they want out of school and why school matters.
CHECK OUT MY OTHER "LIFE AFTER GRADUATION" UNIT:
Job Outlook Presentation
Created by Arik Durfee