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CareerStart lessons: Grade seven

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These lessons will help students understand how classroom lessons about vocabulary, writing, editing, language, and problem-solving skills are applicable to future careers.

The lessons address the following questions:

  • Lesson 1: How does knowing appropriate vocabulary help you prepare for the career world?
  • Lesson 2: How can letter-writing skills improve your chances of being hired for a job?
  • Lesson 3: How do editing skills help a writer communicate more effectively?
  • Lesson 4: How does writing play an essential role in the application and resume process?
  • Lesson 5: How can good speaking skills and use of language help you get a job?
  • Lesson 6: Do television portrayals of careers present an accurate depiction of those careers?
  • Lesson 7: Why are problem-solving skills valuable in many careers?
  • Lesson 8: How are math, science, and English skills used in the career world?
  • Lesson 9: How does working in the service industry prepare you for a future career?
  • Lesson 10: How will your skills and abilities help you choose a career?
  • Lessons and relevant careers

    Concept/Lesson Career Activity
    1. Vocabulary Various, including corporate executive, engineer, and doctor Career vocabulary graphic organizer
    2. Paired writing/evaluation Various, including barber, chef, interior designer, and physician Professional letter-writing activity
    3. Paired writing/editing Various, including secretary, actuary, reporter, and editor Peer-editing activity
    4. Writing Various, including human resource work, carpenter, EMT Completing employment application and resumé
    5. Speaking skills, presentation skills Various, including manager, coach, police officer Job interview role-play
    6. Evaluative reading Various, including medicine, law enforcement, legal Jigsaw activity, gallery walk
    7. Problem-solving skills Various, including conservationist, construction worker, travel agent Problem-solving graphic organizer
    8. Evaluative reading Various, including engineer, actor, drafter Graphic organizer, role-play skit
    9. Informational reading Cashier, food preparer, manager Give one, get one activity
    10. Guided research, evaluation Various, including human resources worker, staffing agent, counselor Career profile, essay