LESSON PLAN – Great Expectations
Theme – Developing Myself
CAREERS SKILLS – Self Development
KEY SKILLS – Communication, Improving Own Learning & Performance
WORK RELATED LEARNING – Learning For Work
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SUGGESTED SUBJECT AREA – English, Personal Development, Social Studies
By completing this task students will be able to:
Examine their experience of Grade 9 and compare it to what they expect of Grade 10.
Comment on what is required of them in Grade 10.
Make individual preparations for Grade 10.
Preparations and Materials
Copies of Activity Sheets (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) “Great Expectations” (can be photocopied back to
Copies of the school polices on dress, homework, behaviour etc as they apply to your school.
Copies of last years Grade 9 options sheets (the sheets from which they chose their courses) if it
contains coursework details.
1. Explain the aims of the lesson using the learning outcomes on Activity Sheet (1).
2. Use this lesson as an opportunity for students to voice anxieties and to celebrate achievements so far.
3. Give out Activity Sheets (1) – (5) to students and go through the first few questions with them, asking
for ideas and discussing.
4. All students to work through the Activity Sheets individually. There may be time for some discussion
at your discretion.
5. Make reference to any school policies such as homework etc. at the appropriate times during the
completion of the Activity Sheets.
6. Students may need help with course work expectations information.
7. At the end of the session, draw together the main ideas that planning and preparation make transitions
easier to handle.
8. Ask the students what they have learned from the lesson.
9. Summarise the main learning outcomes.
You may wish to use the information provided by individuals to conduct one-to-one “interviews” to
pre-empt any misunderstandings.
Learning Outcomes: By completing this task you will be able to:
Examine your experience of Grade 9 and compare it to what you expect of Grade 10.
Comment on what is required of you in Grade 10.
Make individual preparations for Grade 10.
ACTIVITY SHEET (1) – Great Expectations
At the beginning of a new year in school you have the opportunity to make a fresh start.
Moving on a year carries with it both privileges and responsibilities. Set your sights high,
build on the good start made in Grade 9. However, if Grade 9 was a bad year for you, aim
to improve on it from the outset.
To help you plan ahead, answer the following questions carefully. It is important that you
do not discuss your answers at this point.
What have been your successes at school to date?
Were you satisfied with your progress in Grade 9?
If NOT – How do you think you could improve your progress?
If YES – How will you maintain this level of progress?
ACTIVITY SHEET (2) – Great Expectations
What do you think teachers now expect from you in terms of:
Work in class?
How do you think your progress will be measured?
How will you get to know about your progress in your chosen subjects?
What do you think you will find easiest in your courses?
What will be the most difficult parts?
What would you like to be able to do when you have finished Grade 11?
How do you think the qualifications you gain by following your Grade 10 and 11 courses
will help you in your chosen career?
Do you think others will have similar answers to you?
Compare your answers with your friends if you have time.
ACTIVITY SHEET (3) – Great Expectations
So you have made your choice!
Now you have made your subject choices for Grade 10, you have hopefully chosen
courses in line with your main practical interests. Both teachers and parents alike
therefore, anticipate that you will always do your best.
Course expectations may be quite different to that of the courses in Grade 9 as you will
begin to study subjects in greater depth.
Most courses now contain elements of continuous assessment – this means that your
teachers will be looking carefully, at how you work and respond throughout the course in
many different situations. They will be seeing how you cope with the work, both on paper
and in other activities; they will be looking for the personal qualities you show like
reliability, friendliness, determination etc. and any skills you possess. In some cases this
assessment will count towards your Personal Education Plan which you build up over time.
Ask you individual teachers if continuous assessment is part of the course you are now
beginning in Grade 10.
Enter any details you have found out below:
Course % of continuous assessment of
ACTIVITY SHEET (4) Great Expectations
Read the following statements very carefully.
Which of these statements best illustrate the difference between Grade 9 and
Grade 10? Identify these with a tick.
Which statements will you find hardest to fulfil? Cross these (x).
The subjects I am doing are those I have chosen or those I have been advised
are the best options for me to study.
Someone who does not know me may mark the work I do in the next 2 years.
All the subjects I am studying are important.
The job I get when I leave school depends on the standard of my work and the
effort I put in at school.
Some subjects I am studying may be difficult, but I know they are important.
Some subjects will give me the basic skills I will need when I apply for a job.
I will have more homework to do.
I cannot afford to miss any lessons. If I do then I must catch up with the work.
If I miss lessons I may miss practical/oral assessments.
My subject teachers will decide whether I will take an examination and at which
Most of the subjects I have chosen are those I enjoy.
It is important to me how successful I will be.
Almost everything I do at school will be tested at some stage and may be used in
my final assessment and in My Personal Education Plan.
My report from my employer on work experience will be an important part of my
Personal Education Plan.
At the end of my school career the school will be asked to provide a reference
on my attendance, punctuality, attitude and ability.
ACTIVITY SHEET (5) Great Expectations
Here are some statements about homework. Place the statements in your order of
importance by ranking them (1=most important to 11=least important).
Homework is essential for people who wish to do well in school.
Homework should always be done on time
It is important to lay your work out neatly.
Good clear handwriting is essential.
Diagrams should always be labeled.
If you do not understand your homework, leave it and ask your teacher the next
day for help.
If you do not understand your homework, ask your parents or a friend to help
Homework helps you to be independent.
You need to do some work outside of lesson time, however well you are doing in
If you are doing well at school, you do not need to do additional work at home.
All students should do homework.
For the first three in your order of importance, explain why you have chosen
we all experience changes in our lives and how we cope with these transitions can often
determine how well we do. Planning and preparation for making transitions is a key factor
in success. GOOD LUCK!