Quick summary: The Worlds of Work unit connects secondary school students of all ages with life beyond school by investigating the question: “What does it take to succeed in life and work?” In this lesson, students will begin to conceptualise success by taking a photo of something that represents success to them. They will then work in small groups to create a presentation that showcases their image and the story behind why it represents success to them.
Enterprise Skills: These are transferable skills that enable young people to engage with a complex world and navigate the challenges they will inherit. They’re not just for entrepreneurs; they are skills that are required in many jobs. They have been found to be a powerful predictor of long-term job success.
Who could teach this lesson
Any teacher who:
- Believes that the end-game of secondary education is to prepare young people to thrive in the world of work
- Thinks that general capabilities should be part of each school subject
- Is feeling unsure about how to teach real-world skills in their classroom
- Understands that school is not practice – it’s real training for what’s in store after
- Wants students to find real connections between subject content (technical skills) and the general skills they need to be able use those technical skills
Australian Curriculum Mapping
This lesson can be used with all learning areas of the Australian Curriculum, however is explicitly mapped to the English and Work Studies content strands.
Year 7 English
- Use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information, selecting body language, voice qualities and other elements, (for example music and sound) to add interest and meaning (ACELY1804)
- Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements to promote a point of view or enable a new way of seeing (ACELY1720)
- Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to confidently create, edit and publish written and multimodal texts (ACELY1728)
Year 8 English
- Use interaction skills for identified purposes, using voice and language conventions to suit different situations, selecting vocabulary, modulating voice and using elements such as music, images and sound for specific effects (ACELY1808)
- Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content, including multimodal elements, to reflect a diversity of viewpoints (ACELY1731)
- Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to create, edit and publish texts imaginatively (ACELY1738)
Year 9 English
- Use interaction skills to present and discuss an idea and to influence and engage an audience by selecting persuasive language, varying voice tone, pitch, and pace, and using elements such as music and sound effects (ACELY1811)
- Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for aesthetic and playful purposes (ACELY1741)
- Review and edit students’ own and others’ texts to improve clarity and control over content, organisation, paragraphing, sentence structure, vocabulary and audio/visual features (ACELY1747)
- Use a range of software, including word processing programs, flexibly and imaginatively to publish texts (ACELY1748)
Year 10 English
- Refine vocabulary choices to discriminate between shades of meaning, with deliberate attention to the effect on audiences (ACELA1571)
- Use organisation patterns, voice and language conventions to present a point of view on a subject, speaking clearly, coherently and with effect, using logic, imagery and rhetorical devices to engage audiences (ACELY1813)
- Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements to influence a course of action (ACELY1751)
- Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)
- Review, edit and refine students’ own and others’ texts for control of content, organisation, sentence structure, vocabulary, and/or visual features to achieve particular purposes and effects (ACELY1757)
- Use a range of software, including word processing programs, confidently, flexibly and imaginatively to create, edit and publish texts, considering the identified purpose and the characteristics of the user (ACELY1776)
Year 9 Work Studies
- Identify the attitudes and skills required for self-directed and lifelong learning (ACWSCL003)
- Explain the importance of active and lifelong learning for personal and community development (ACWSCL004)
- Explain the importance of teamwork and collaboration in school, community and work-related contexts (ACWSCL009)
Year 10 Work Studies
- Assess the value of self-directed and lifelong learning in responding to changes and challenges in circumstances (ACWSCL022)
- Explain the relationship between lifelong learning and work in the 21st century and its importance for future work opportunities (ACWSCL023)
- Explain the range of skills and attributes necessary to work effectively in the 21st century (ACWSCL025)
- Assess the benefits of developing an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ and its relevance to 21st century work and enterprise (ACWSCL029)
Topic: Enterprise Learning
Unit of work: Worlds of Work
Time required: 120 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – facilitates student discussion.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Smartphones, tablets or digital cameras for students to take photos. Devices for groups of 3-4 to create a digital presentation. Adobe Spark. Projector.
Keywords: success, representation, symbol, individual.
This lesson has been developed in partnership with the Foundation for Young Australians.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.