Lesson 2: Career Perspectives: A Lesson from Helen Keller
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Goal or objective from IEP connected to lesson:
After completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
- Use a website to complete research.
- Use a technology device to take notes.
- Create a resume.
- State his or her own and someone else’s interests, skills, and abilities.
- State three supports he or she will need to access for a successful work or college experience after high school.
Materials needed: electronic note taker, Internet access, printer.
“Being able to complete research is an important work-related skill. At one time or another you may have read or heard about the legacy of Helen Keller. During this lesson, you will be asked to research and read Helen’s story from a new perspective.”
Activity 1: Skills, Interests, Abilities
- Instruct the student to explore the Helen Keller Museum on the BrailleBug website.
- Have the student write what Helen’s response would have been to the following interview questions:
1. What are your skills?
2. What are your abilities?
3. What are your interests?
- Ask the student to make a list of his or her skills, interests, and abilities.
Additional Resource from APH CareerConnect
Getting Started Exploring Careers: Tips for Career Exploration
Activity 2: Build a Resume
- Have the student read Helen’s Keller’s biography.
- Instruct the student to create a mock resume for Helen Keller using the fun facts about Helen and the Chronology of Helen Keller’s life.
- After the student creates a mock resume for Helen Keller, generate a discussion with the student about why a potential employer might find Helen’s resume to be impressive.
Additional resource from APH CareerConnect:
Activity 3: Helen Had a Plan—Do You?
- Helen Keller had many supports in place so she could pursue her postsecondary plans. Instruct your student to make a list of the supports he or she will need to access for the transition from high school into college, independent living, or employment.
1. Will you need housing?
2. Will you be able to manage your home independently?
3. What mode of transportation will you use?
4. Will you need help managing your time and money?
5. What recreation and leisure activities will you do to stay fit and healthy? 6. Who will you go to if you need orientation and mobility training at your worksite?
- Ask your student to make a list of how he or she is an advocate for him- or herself. Challenge the student to find one way he or she can be an advocate for other people with visual impairments.
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