The curriculum is organized into two volumes:
- Volume 1: Elementary Grades (K–6)
- Volume 2: Secondary Grades (7–12)
Each level volume provides 60 age–appropriate lessons with related activities and worksheets that encourage students to examine themselves, their life roles, the relevance of their education, and factors that contribute to positive career choices. The lessons help students of all abilities:
- Develop self–knowledge
- Improve interpersonal skills
- Examine various life roles
- Practice assertiveness and acceptance
- Build employability skills
- Relate school to work/careers
- Set short– and long–term goals
- Explore different careers
- Make good decisions
- Plan ahead for both school and work
All lessons are presented on two facing pages a left–hand Preview Page listing the lesson title, the career topics addressed, the skill–based objectives, and supplies needed (if any), and right–hand Lesson Page with introduction, focus, activity, closure, and follow–up activity. Many lessons also include a reproducible worksheet for use with individual students or an entire class. For example, you′ll find:
- an Interpersonal Rating Sheet to be used by students in the interview/role–play activity with the lesson "Best Foot Forward" (Volume 1)
- Egg Pattern Cut–Outs, a worksheet used in the fingerprint activity for the self–concept lesson "I′m Something Special" (Volume 1)
- a Dear Editor Worksheet on which students rate the tolerance shown in letters to the editor of their local newspaper (Volume 2)
- the Personal Goal Worksheet, an educational development exercise in which children set short–term academic goals for themselves (Volume 1)
- a Seven Intelligences Sheet that students use to categorize the strength of famous personalities and themselves in the lesson "IQ–4–U" (volume 2)
In short, each LESSON FOR LIFE volume gives you all the basic components of an effective career guidance curriculum. The lessons can serve a complete developmental program in themselves or be used to supplement or enrich any career guidance program already in place.
"Life′s Journey" as Metaphor.
Chapter One. Two Roads Diverged...: A Focus for the Lessons for Life Curriculum.
Chapter Two. The Lay of the Land: A Foundation for Understanding Lessons for Life.
Chapter Three. Planning the Trip: Practical Tips for Setting Things in Motion.
Chapter Four. In the Driver′s Seat: Lessons to Promote Self–Knowledge.
Chapter Five. Nice Set ′o Wheels: Lessons to Help Students Examine Life Roles.
Chapter Six. Start Your Engines: Lessons to Promote Educational Development.
Chapter Seven. The Road Map: Lessons to Foster Career Exploration and Planning.
A Look in the Rearview Mirror: Reflections on Lessons for Life.
Bette Ann Buchan, M.Ed., is an elementary/middle school counselor at Woolwich (Maine) Central School and adjunct clinical supervisor of interns at the University of Southern Maine.