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.

2 comments:

  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.
    Victoria

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  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!

    Laszlo

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