Thursday, May 15, 2014

Teacher Ideas: Steve Jobs Commencement Address

A few teachers have been using this speech in their classes for a while, and Kevin was kind enough to share his lesson plan with us. Kevin says:
This lesson based on Steve Jobs' commencement speech at Stanford University blends reading and listening skills and invites expansion in writing and speaking. It is for high-intermediate to advanced classes (4 and up, but can be adapted for use in 3 as well). Jobs offers his own life story as an example of risk-taking and the rewards of independent thinking. Students seeking challenges in New York respond with near-universal enthusiasm to his message: "Don't settle. Stay hungry. Stay foolish."

If you'd like to use this lesson, here are the materials. Kevin has prepared warmup, vocabulary, and note taking exercises.


  1. Thank you Kevin for your wonderful materials. If I were teaching, I would definitely do this lesson because I'm a big Steve Jobs' fan.

  2. I've used Job's commencement speech for higher levels, too. It's great Matt Damon also gave a great speech at a graduation defending teachers!