CUSTOM LESSON PLANS FOR GRADES 9-12
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*Note that the first lesson and final lesson are mandatory for those teaching JA Inspire for 2+ hours.
MANDATORY: Lesson 1 – Introduction
A brief introduction to JA Inspire for teachers who have less than one class period for teaching, or for volunteers who are introducing JA Inspire.
MANDATORY: Final Lesson
Students are given the space to reflect on their JA Inspire journey and create a SMART goal roadmap for success.
*Remaining lessons are for those teaching 1 hour of JA Inspire. They are organized by CTE Standards.
Standard 1.0: Complex Communication
Students predict what a job posting is about without having all the information from the post.
Students begin thinking about businesses and potential careers from the perspective of ethnicity and inclusion.
Getting to Know You
Students share what they want to be in the future.
Standard 2.0: Collaboration
My Favorite Past Time
Students identify one job from one of their top three career clusters and imagine they are doing this job fifty years ago in the 1970s.
Students have the opportunity to see how their passion for something in life can lead to passion in a career.
Who Am I?
Students will use critical thinking skills to analyze how their own belief systems might align well with certain jobs (or not align well at all)!
Students learn about the importance of a career plan that matches their interests and talents with potential opportunities.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Students complete a group activity and reflect on collaboration skills.
What Do You Know?
Students answer several questions about their own understanding of their aligned career path by researching more about the profession.
My Jobs As…
Students make a list of stores or restaurants that they attend frequently. They will research potential jobs on the JA Inspire Virtual Career Platform.
Standard 3.0: Thinking and Innovation
Best, Worst, Why?
Students interview one adult about their career.
Students create a board game with their dream job being the end of the game.
Students learn about the importance of goal setting and how it pertains to the selection of a career pathway.
Students learn about the importance of soft skills and apply to workplace scenarios.
Students write 9 jobs they are interested in doing across the vertical lines.
Standard 4.0: Professionalism
Students learn about the importance of building a community and social network. They will explore the communities they belong to and their relationship roles.
Students role-play different scenarios to demonstrate empathy and the role it plays in communities and social networks.
Standard 5.0: Initiative and Self-Direction
Students write a classified ad/job post for one of the careers they are interested in.
Follow the Leader
Students think about how leadership manifests in different scenarios, and reflect on how they can use their leadership skills to serve others and their community.
Standard 8.0: Legal and Ethical Practices
Students work in pairs to decide if workplace scenarios are ethical.
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