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CareerStart lessons: Grade six

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Learning outcomes

Students will explore reference materials for information and evaluate their findings.

Teacher planning

Materials needed

  • Student handouts:
    • Copy of classified advertisements (In lieu of the handout provided, you may use the classified section of a newspaper.)
    • “Classified Occupation Chart”
  • Enlarged classified advertisement copied as a transparency
  • Pencil
  • Overhead or multimedia projector

Time required for lesson

Approximately 70 minutes
Homework time may be needed.


  1. Brainstorm job possibilities with students and discuss where people might search for a job. Examples may include word of mouth, internet, and the newspaper. The teacher may discuss previous jobs she has held. (10 minutes)
  2. Guided practice: Using the enlarged classified advertisement made into a transparency (or projected in some way), introduce the topics on the “Classified Occupation Chart” to ensure student understanding. (Topics: type of occupation, education needed, previous job experience, salary, and job requirements.) Model how to complete the chart. (10 minutes)
  3. Independent practice: Instruct students to pick any seven jobs from the classified advertisements worksheet. Have students complete the “Classified Occupation Chart” individually. Advise students that some of the requested information may not be provided in these ads. (30 minutes)
  4. Have students respond to the evaluative essay question at the bottom of the “Classified Occupation Chart.” This may be completed for homework. (10 minutes)
  5. Have students read their essays aloud. Conduct a class discussion of job opportunities available. (10 minutes)
  6. For extra credit, allow students to do research at home to find the missing information to fill in the “Classified Occupation Chart,” or have students make their own occupational chart about their parents’ jobs.

North Carolina curriculum alignment

English Language Arts (2004)

Grade 6

  • Goal 2: The learner will explore and analyze information from a variety of sources.
    • Objective 2.01: Explore informational materials that are read, heard, and/or viewed by:
      • monitoring comprehension for understand of what is read, heard, and/or viewed.
      • studying the characteristics of informational works.
      • restating and summarizing information.
      • determining the importance and accuracy of information.
      • making connections between works, self and related topics/information.
      • comparing and/or contrasting information.
      • drawing inferences and/or conclusions.
      • generating questions.

Guidance (2001)

Grade 6–8

  • Goal 4: Acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.
    • Objective 4.01: Develop skills to locate, evaluate, and interpret career information.

  • North Carolina Essential Standards
    • Guidance (2010)
      • Progressing

        • P.CR.2 Understand the relationship among career goals and interests, personal interests, aptitudes, and abilities. P.CR.2.1 Maintain a career-planning portfolio. P.CR.2.2 Use research and information resources to obtain career information.