Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Non-Traditional Activities


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Greg Tomevi, Patricia Shannon and Debbie Foust


Non-Traditional Activities

Standards Addressed
  • 13.1.8 B Explain how non-traditional occupations offer career opportunities
  • RWSL:1.2.8 A,B; 1.3.8 F; 1.4.8 B,C; 1.5.8 A,B,C,D,E,F; 1.6.8 C,D; 1.8.8 A,B,C
Brief Overview The student will be able to explain how non-traditional occupations can access various career options.
Grade Level 8th
Content Area(s) Career to Work and Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening
Other standards supported
  • PDE Guidance and Counseling (1)
  • ASCA (1)
  • PDE Career Education (1)
Prep Time 4 - 5 hours
Implementation Time Approximately 2 weeks
Learning Objectives The student will be able to identify non-traditional occupations of interest, research, perform interviews, and present oral and written reports detailing their findings.
Materials Needed Rubrics, overhead supplies, parental permission slips for tour. Required questions form for interviews. Student copies of Write Source 2000 text on developing informational reports. Word puzzles. Copies of local Sunday Employment sections.
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Provide unit objectives and goals to students, including descriptions of relevant rubrics, and an outline of the project. (Expectations, due dates etc…)
  2. Arrange a class tour of a local business, where non-traditional careers are present.
  3. From this visit, set up partnerships between employees, and students. They will conduct e-mail interviews with pre-assigned questions, that ask how, when, where, and why person became involved in a non-traditional career.
  4. The student will present their findings, plus additional resources from internet websites, first in a written report to publishing guidelines. Secondly students will prepare, and orally present, their findings.
Theory basis Krumboltz’s Social Learning Theory.
Evaluation/Assessment Visual assessment by teacher on participation. Rubric score on written report. Rubric score on oral presentations.
Comments This lesson will be based on Career and Work Standards, as well as Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening standards.
Enhancement Activities
  1. Occupational Vocabulary Word Puzzle.
  2. Internet search for educational requirements of specific careers.
  3. Local newspaper search for specific openings.
  4. Replicate written report in school newspaper.
Adaptation for at risk kids
  1. Include student(s) in introductory presentation.
  2. Have students portray various career roles.
  3. Perhaps arrange a face to face interview as opposed to e-mailing.
  4. Provide additional practice for these students prior to their oral interview.
  5. Allow these students to work with a partner on enhancement activities.
  1. Teacher introductory notes on non-traditional careers, and occupational opportunities. Many of these would come from materials presented during this conference.
  2. Personal computers with internet access.
  3. Performance tasks for English teachers, written by Amy Benjamin.
  4. Write Source 2000 published by Great Source.
  5. Young Person’s Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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