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Identify a path to success

Invite student to share their ideas in small groups. Encourage classmates to brainstorm suggestions for expanding or fine-tuning one another’s ideas.

PROCESS:

  1. Find and display videos about three people who followed different paths to succeed in their given fields. Encourage students to conduct additional research to learn more about each person.
  2. Rejoin as a class. Invite students to share what they learned. Instruct them to compare and contrast the motivation behind, development of, and potential benefits that could result from the contributions of each person. Then have students identify the characteristics that allowed each person to succeed. Guide students to recognize any characteristics that the three people share.
  3. Give each student a piece of paper. Instruct them to fold their papers in thirds and label the sections “I Think,” “I Can,” and “I Will.” Tell students to pick an issue that’s important to them. Then list ideas they “think” will fix or improve the issue, tell how they “can” do this, and what “will” happen when they do.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite student to share their ideas in small groups. Encourage classmates to brainstorm suggestions for expanding or fine-tuning one another’s ideas.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
As students offer suggestions, challenge them to explain not only why but how their ideas can help classmates fix or improve specific issues. Encourage them to draw upon their own experiences for ideas.

Grades 5-6:
As students offer advice to classmates, challenge them to provide valid reasons and evidence to support their ideas. Encourage them to cite personal experience or specific sources to add credibility to their suggestions.

Grades 7-8:
After students offer suggestions have them evaluate the ideas as a whole. Challenge students to identify the most logical course of action for each situation.

Grades 9-10:
After students meet with their classmates give them a few minutes to write brief summary of what they discovered. Encourage them to address the following questions: Which ideas will work? Which won’t? What are the potential outcomes if they react to the same situation in different ways?