Overview: What do your students dream of accomplishing? After writing their life goals on a graphic organizer, learners create a visual representation of these goals in a "dream board" collage format.
Subject: 21st Century Skills: Social & Emotional Learning, Career Education;
English Language Arts: Writing
Grades: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Duration: 50 minutes
Related Concepts: Careers, Goal Setting, Life Orientation, Planning Skills
Students will be able to:
Use decision-making skills and planning exercises to choose life goals with a graphic organizer.
Clearly represent their life goals in both a visual collage and a writing assignment.
Essential Questions: What are my goals? How can visualizing these goals now help me achieve them in the future?
Vocabulary: career, life goals, dream board, life orientation, visualization, collage
Common Core Standards Addressed:
- ELA: Writing
- Blackbord or whiteboard
- Art materials (crayons, markers, colored pencils, paper, scissors)
- Magazines with photographs in professional/career settings
- Student copies of Setting Life Goals worksheet
- Projection system
- Computer and printer for student use
- Laminator (optional)
Open a class discussion based around the prompt "What are life goals?" Encourage students to think about the importance of setting goals.
Show the video Setting Goals. Have learners write down three important tips from the video, and share as a class once the video is finished.
Students complete the Setting Life Goals worksheet, which encourages them to organize their thoughts about where they currently are and what their future goals are related to a variety of life categories (such as family, work/school, etc.). Explain that students can also add their own categories for other areas in which they have set goals for themselves.
Once students have completed the worksheets, they will create a "dream board" which contains a collage of labeled images that represent goals students want to achieve. For example, if one of a student's goals is to graduate high school, he or she might find a picture of a graduation cap or a diploma to include in his or her collage and label it "graduate high school." Explains that dream boards can help people to visualize their goals more concretely.
Provide a variety of magazines with visual images for students to cut out and include on their dream board. Students may also search for and print images from a computer or use art materials to draw their own images. Laminate completed student dream boards and return them to students. Students can then hang up their dream boards at home in a central location such as a bedroom as a reminder of their future goals to help keep them focused and motivated to achieve them.
Students share their completed dream boards with the class. Assign a brief essay in which students write about what they learned about themselves by setting life goals and creating their dream boards.
- Use informal assessment to gauge student understanding during class discussions.
- Walk around during the independent assignments to ensure students are following directions.
- Review student graphic organizers and completed dream boards to ensure that students have grasped the concept of goal setting.
- Assess student essays to gauge writing skills and understanding.
Clarify any potentially challenging vocabulary or other concepts that students may encounter while completing their graphic organizers.
Allow English language learners to label their goals on their dream board in their native language for display in their home, if desired.
Provide appropriate adaptations or partner assistance as necessary for students with physical challenges with the creation of their dream boards.
Shorten or otherwise modify the essay assignment based on student ability.
Encourage higher-level students to write about the concept of visualization in general and how they feel the concept may be applied in other areas of life.
Students can build on their understanding of goal setting to research and explore potential career fields in the lesson Guidance and Career Education: Pathways—Career Awareness.
Have learners complete the dream boards at the beginning of the year, and reflect back on them at the end of the year. Have their goals changed? What have they done this school year to move toward their goals?