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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Career Development

    Course : Career Portals: Middle School

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (4) The student explores the professional skills needed for college and career success. The student is expected to:
      • (H) demonstrate characteristics required for personal and professional success, including work ethics, integrity, dedication, perseverance, and the ability to interact with a diverse population
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • describe characteristics required for personal and professional success
    • create a PSA that that empowers young people to display characteristics of personal and professional success
  • Rationale

    In this lesson you will learn what attributes a person needs in order to achieve personal and professional success. A combination of positive work ethics, dedication, perseverance and interactions with diverse populations are necessary in order to become truly successful.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Three 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Ethics: The decisions, choices, and actions (behaviors) we make that reflect and enact our values

    Dedication: Selfless devotion of energy or time

    Diversity: A point of respect in which things differ; variety

    Integrity: Strict adherence to moral values and principles

    Perseverance: Steady persistence in adhering to a course of action, a belief, or a purpose

    Self-discipline: Making yourself do things when you should, even if you do not want to do them

    Success: Favorable or desired outcome

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed


    • computer with projector for PowerPoint™ presentation
    • computers with internet access (be sure to follow district guidelines for internet access)
    • light projector (Elmo)
    • presenter/remote
    • video cameras (be sure to follow district guidelines for recording)


    • dry erase markers
    • copies of handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)
  • Anticipatory Set

    Before class begins:

    Draw a star diagram on the board with the word “success” in the middle. Hand each student a dry erase marker as they enter the classroom.

    As class begins: Have students brainstorm what characteristics lead to personal and professional success by adding ideas to the star diagram on the board.

    Ask the following questions:

    • Why did you choose [insert word from the board]?
    • How does it lead to success?
    • [To the class as a whole] Do you agree or disagree?

    If time permits, allow students to personalize their Adventure Word Cloud (see all Lessons Attachments tab) and place in their class folder/binder as a cover sheet for any other documents related to this lesson this lesson.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce objectives, terms, and definitions.

    Distribute graphic organizer, KWHL Chart – Success, (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and have students fill out the first two columns of the chart. Ask students to write down what they already know about success and what personal and professional characteristics promote success. The last column will be completed during lesson closure.

    Distribute handout, Notetaking – Success, and introduce PowerPoint™, Success (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Students will be expected to take notes while viewing the slide presentation.Allow time for discussion of each slide as well as time to develop a Personal Code of Ethics..

    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
    • providing assistance with note-taking
    • providing extra time for oral response
    • frequent feedback

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Divide the class into five groups. Distribute Success Role Play Activity (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Review all scenarios and inform students that they will be acting out one of the scenarios. Randomly assign scenario. Allow time for planning a rehearsing.. Student groups will then take turns acting out their scenarios. Discuss results.

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

    • providing extra time for oral response
    • frequent feedback
    • check for understanding
    • providing peer tutoring
    • reducing length of assignment

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

    Distribute handout, Success Public Service Annoncement Assignment (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Inform students that project assignment may be prepared individually or with a partner(s). Explain that information will be expected to be retrieved only from reliable sources. Provide a due date within three class periods.

    Students will present summative information in a PSA and then upload PSA to Teacher Tube at Analyze Success PSA Assignment Rubric (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students are aware of assessment procedures.

    Assist students with research and presentation. Keep students focused and on task.
    Students will work independently or with a partner researching and collecting data for their assignment. At the end of each class period have each student or group give a brief status report on their assignment. Students will complete their assignments and begin presentations.

    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
    • frequent feedback
    • providing peer tutoring
    • reducing length of assignment
    • assisting student in gathering information
    • providing praise and encouragement

  • Lesson Closure

    Review lesson objectives, terms, and definitions.

    During research, end each class with each student or group giving a brief status report on the progress of their assignment.

    Complete graphic organizer, KWHL Chart – Success, to analyze what they have learned from their personal study and by viewing others’ work on characteristics for personal and professional success.

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

    Students will present summative information in a PSA and online at Analyze Success PSA Assignment Rubric (see All Lesson Attachments tab) given during guided practice.

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

    • grading according to work done
    • providing praise and encouragement

  • References/Resources


    • SUCCESS Foundation
      This website provides teens with the fundamental principles of personal development and the resources to help them reach their full potential. The teen spokesperson for this foundation is also Dalton Sherman, the key note speaker in the Teacher Tube video listed under Multimedia Strategies. It has free books, e-books and downloads for educators and 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

    Request the free book (or download it for free for educators) Success For Teens at There is also a facilitator’s guide online.

  • Quotes

    Always bear in mind that your own will to succeed is more important than any other thing.
    -Abraham Lincoln

    Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
    -B. R. Hayden

    Success is a journey, not a destination.
    -Ben Sweetland

    All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.
    -Danny Thomas

    Success does not consist of never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
    -George Bernard Shaw

    A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.
    -Joyce Brothers

    Failure is success if we learn from it.
    -Malcolm S. Forbes

    True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.
    -Paul Sweeney

    Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don’t know how to quit.
    -Robert Schuller

    The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
    Theodore Roosevelt

    The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.
    -Vince Lombardi

    Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
    Winston Churchill

  • Multimedia/Visual Strategies


    • Success


    Files for downloading:

    • KWHL Chart – What Success Is Made Of
    • Notetaking – What Success Is Made Of
    • Success Role Play Activity
    • Success PSA Assignment
    • Success PSA Assignment Rubric
  • Graphic Organizers/Handout

    Graphic Organizer:

    • KWHL Chart Sucess


    • Notetaking – Success
    • Role Play Success
    • Success PSA Assignment
    • Success PSA Assignment Rubric
    • Success Word Cloud
  • Writing Strategies

    Journal Entries:

    • What is success?
    • I measure my success by ……..
    • My most successful moment in life was when …….
    • When I am 30 years old, I will know I am successful if ……

    Writing Strategies:

    • Describe, in detail, what success means to you and how you measure success.
    • Describe the most successful person you know and explain what makes him / her successful.
  • Communication 90 Second Speech Topics

    • Summarize characteristics required for professional success.
    • Summarize characteristics required for personal success.
  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    Create a visual aid to utilize in the PSA for the Success PSA Assignment.

    TED Talks:

    TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

    The video below is related to this lesson. Allow students to view the video and lead a discussion concerning the TED Talk.

  • Family/Community Connection

    Have students interview someone they feel has the characteristics of personal and / or professional success and report their findings back to the class. Have them ask questions such as:

    • Do you feel successful?
    • What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment in life?
    • What lead to your greastest successful momement?

  • CTSO connection

    Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

    STAR Events:
    • Life Event Planning


    SkillsUSA Events:

    • Community Service
    • Prepared Speech

    Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE)

    • Count on Character Contest

  • Service Learning Projects

    Successful service learning project ideas originate from student concerns and needs. Allow students to brainstorm about service projects pertaining to lesson. For additional information on service learning see:

    Possible idea: Have students create the PSA describe in Success PSA Assignment. After students upload PSAs to Teacher Tube, encourage viewing of the videos by middle school students. This could possibly done as part of an advisory or homeroom assignment.

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