Introductory Lesson: Culinary Arts

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Hospitality and Tourism

    Course : Culinary Arts

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    An overview of ALL course TEKS and student expectations will be provided to students.

  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • explain the connection between Career and Technical Education (CTE), the Hospitality and Tourism career cluster and Culinary Arts
    • recognize the programs of study in the Hospitality and Tourism career cluster
    • review the course TEKS and student expectations
    • explore the coherent sequencing of CTE courses available in their district and their campus
    • develop an awareness of career opportunities related to the Culinary Arts course
  • Rationale

    The purpose of this lesson is to serve as an introduction to the Culinary Arts course. I will introduce you to the world of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the 16 career clusters. By the end of this lesson you will understand that Culinary Arts is one of nine (9) Hospitality and Tourism cluster courses available to students in Texas. We will also explore the sequencing of courses available in our district and on our campus, as well as develop an awareness of career pathways that this course can lead you to.

    I will also present you with a copy of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), student expectations, and an overview of this course.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Two 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Apprenticeship: One bound by legal agreement to work for another for a specific amount of time in return for instruction in a trade, art, or business

    Career and Technical Education (CTE): Dedicated to preparing young people to manage the dual roles of family member and wage earner and enable students to gain entry-level employment in a high-skill, high-wage job and/or to continue their education

    Career Clusters: A way of organizing curricula, instruction, and assessment around specific occupational groups

    Career Preparation: Provides opportunities for students to participate in a learning experience that combines classroom instruction with paid business and industry employment experiences and supports strong partnerships among school, business, and community stakeholders

    Certification: A designation earned by a person to assure qualification to perform a job or task

    Coherent Sequence of Courses: A continuous or connected series

    Dual Enrollment: Refers to anopportunity and agreement through which a student may earn high school credit for successfully completing a college course that covers all the TEKS

    Internship: Any period of time during which a beginner acquires experience in an occupation, profession, or pursuit

    Practicum Courses: Designed to give students supervised practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills that can occur in a paid or unpaid arrangement and a varierty of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience

    Programs of Study: A way of organizing curricula and educational activities within a career cluster related to a student’s specific academic or career goal

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed


    • computer with projector for multimedia presentation
    • computer lab with Internet


    • index cards
    • various textbooks, materials, and supplies pertaining to this course
    • copies of handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)
  • Anticipatory Set

    Before class begins:

    Print a class set of the course TEKS. Set up a display consisting of course textbook, related materials and supplies pertaining to Culinary Arts.

    Nationwide, Career Technical Education (CTE) programs are changing, evolving and innovating to better serve the country’s needs. CTE is preparing students of all ages to help drive America’s success and vitality.
    This video summarizes the national efforts behind the CTE: Learning that works for America initiative.
    CTE: Learning That Works for America

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Distribute Career and Technical Education KWL Chart (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Instruct students to fill out the first two columns of the chart. The document will be revisited during lesson closure.

    Distribute Career and Technical Education Terms (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Introduce lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Instruct student to take notes during upcoming slide presentation on the back of the Career and Technical Education Terms.

    Begin PowerPoint™ Introductory Lesson: Culinary Arts. (see All Lessons Attachments tab) Allow for thorough class discussion and questions and answers.

    Additional slide presentation 16 Career Clusters ™ (see All Lesson Attachments tab) may be viewed to reinforce career clusters.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • checking for understanding
    • providing student with a copy of PPT presentation notes

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Distribute Career and Technical Education (CTE) Graphic Organizer (see All Lesson Attachments tabs). Allow students to work with a partner to complete activity. Have class revisit appropriate slide and make corrections on their documents.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • check for understanding
    • allow extra time for assignment

  • Independent Practice/Laboratory Experience with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Instruct students to create their interpretation of the CTE/course information. Finished product may be used as the coversheet for their class binder, folder or journal. Students may draw or use a computer to complete the task.

    Product must include/answer the following:

    • What does CTE stand for?
    • What is the name of this course?
    • What cluster is this course in?
    • What programs of study are in this cluster?
    • Cluster descriptor

    Distribute Career and Technical Education (CTE) Rubric (see All Lesson Attachments tab), and provide a thorough explanation so that students will know how their product will be assessed.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • work with a peer tutor
    • extended time

  • Lesson Closure

    Review lessons objectives, terms and definitions.

    Students will complete the final column of the Career and Technical Education KWL chart.

  • Summative/End of Lesson Assessment with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Assess student products with rubric.

    Have students vote on the best product and place in a prominent place in the classroom.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • encourage participation
    • praise participation

  • References/Resources


    • AchieveTexas
      A college and career initiative designed to help students (and their parents) make wise education choices. It is based on the belief that the curricula of the 21st century should combine rigorous academics and relevant career education.
    • Learning that Works for America CTE
      Sponsored by The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc). Aims to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers.
    • Texas Education Agency
      Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. The mission of the Texas Education Agency is to provide leadership, guidance and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students.
  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

  • College and Career Readiness Connection

    AchieveTexas Career Cluster Crosswalks
    The Career Cluster Crosswalks housed on the AchieveTexas website provide Texas teachers with a direct connection between their CTE course TEKS and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Cross-Disciplinary integration are the focus of the CCRS. These college and career readiness standards are essential in the planning and delivery of CTE lessons. The extent to which the integration occurs is determined by the methods and strategies utilized by each teacher.

    Career Cluster Crosswalks for Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism, and Human Services Career Clusters can be found at:

  • Recommended Strategies

    Reading Strategies

    Encourage students to read more information about Career and Technical Education at:

    CTE Vision

    Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education
    This five-part series dedicates an issue brief to each of NASDCTEc’s core principles for CTE:

    • CTE is critical to ensuring that the United States leads in global competitiveness.
    • CTE actively partners with employers to design and provide high-quality, dynamic programs.
    • CTE prepares students to succeed in further education and careers.
    • CTE is delivered through comprehensive programs of study aligned to The National Career Clusters Framework.
    • CTE is a results-driven system that demonstrates a positive return on investment.

    Word Attack Strategies. Prior to reading, allow students to skim the passage or text, circling words that are unfamiliar to them. Once these words are decoded (glossary, dictionary,, classroom discussion) the student will have a better understanding of the pronunciation and meaning of the unfamiliar word(s) facilitating comprehension.

  • Quotes

    There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.

    Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
    -Jim Rohn

    A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
    -Lao Tzu

    The beginning is the most important part of the work.

  • Multimedia/Visual Strategies


    • Introductory Lesson: Culinary Arts
    • Presentation Notes: Introductory Lesson: Culinary Arts
    • 16 Career Clusters™

    Files for downloading:

  • Graphic Organizers/Handout

    Graphic Organizers:

    • Career and Technical Education (CTE) Graphic Organizer
    • Career and Technical Education (CTE) KWL Chart


    • Blank Career and Technical Education Terms
    • Career Clusters™
    • Career and Technical Education Terms
    • Career and Technical Education Terms (Key)
    • Career and Technical Education (CTE) Rubric
    • CTE Terms Matching Game
    • TEKS for Culinary Arts

    Files for downloading:

  • Writing Strategies

    Journal Entries:

    • I am interested in the ____________program of study because……………….
    • Career and Technical Education……

    Writing Strategy:


    • Role: Student
    • Audience: CTE Director
    • Format: Invitation
    • Topic: CTE open house or CTE program showcase

  • Communication 90 Second Speech Topics

    See “quotes.” Allow students to select a quote and provide their interpretation of the author’s intended meaning.

  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    Our campus would like to promote its Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses and make parents aware of the career opportunities available to students enrolled in students. You have been selected to create a presentation for a group of parents that are not familiar with this course.
    Create and present a professionally made electronic flowchart depicting the connection between Career and Technical Education (CTE), the Hospitality and Tourism career cluster, Restaurants and Food/ Beverage Services, Lodging, Travel and Tourism, or Recreation, Amusements and Attractions programs of study and this course.


    • Access to:
      • Glogster™EDU
      • PowerPoint™
      • Prezi™

    The CTE Terms Matching Game (see All Lesson Attachments tab) can be used to assist in reinforcing lesson terms and definitions.

  • Family/Community Connection

    Prior to activity, explain to students that Career and Technical Education (CTE courses) were once referred to as Vocational, VocEd and CATE courses. Another examples is Homemaking and Home Economics courses now being Family and Consumer Sciences courses.

    Interview a relative or other individual that took a Career and Technical Education course in high school.
    Possible questions:

    • What type of skills did you learn?
    • Is your career directly related to the courses you took?
    • What impact did this (these) courses/skills have on your life?

  • CTSO connection

    Introductory lessons may have a CTSO or service learning connection. It is possible that student ideas may be saved and the actual project(s) executed during the school year.

    Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America

  • Service Learning Projects

    Successful service learning project ideas originate from student concerns and needs. Allow students to brainstorm about service projects pertaining to lesson.

    Selected introductory lesson activities may have a service learning component. Student ideas may be saved and actual project(s) executed during the school year or students may combine forces with other CTE students to complete service learning projects.

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