CUSTOM LESSON PLANS FOR GRADES 7-8
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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 have been organized by CTE Standards.
Standard 1.0: Complex Communication
Students craft questions to ask while on the JA Inspire Virtual Career Platform about a career or company that interests them.
Getting to Know You
Students will share what they want to be in the future.
Students will get the opportunity to create their own business, and then market that business to their peers through social media.
Standard 2.0: Collaboration
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 will answer several questions about their own understanding of their aligned career path by researching more about the profession.
Students will learn about the importance of business etiquette and the impact on positive customer and employee relations.
Students will explore a career in terms of their five senses to gain a deeper understanding of the job choice.
Students will brainstorm a list of everything they know about a career cluster to give better understanding of the careers available within that cluster.
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
Students will write 9 jobs they are interested in doing across the vertical lines.
Students create a board game with their dream job being the end of the game.
High-Growth, High-Demand Jobs
Students define and explore high-growth, high-demand jobs that require the use of technology.
Students will examine occupational skills needed for a successful career.
Students use imagery and visualization to construct a narrative about a job they might have one day.
Standard 4.0: Professionalism
Students role-play different scenarios to demonstrate empathy and the role it plays in communities and social networks.
Standard 4.0: Initiative and Self-Direction
Follow the Leader
Students will 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 9.0: Financial Practices
Business and Customer
Students will learn about the relationship between businesses and their customers, and the mutually beneficial exchange of products and services.
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