ALEX Lesson Plan


Get a JOB!

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Author:Courtney Karr
System: Lawrence County
School: Lawrence County Board Of Education
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 33212


Get a JOB!


Students will practice reading comprehension with job applications.

This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
ELA2015 (4)
13. Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a Grade 4 topic or subject area. [RI.4.4]
ELA2015 (4)
43. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation). [L.4.6]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

I can comprehend reading in real world situations.

I can analyze information to answer comprehension questions.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Job Applications (if not doing the online option)

Link to many applications


Burger King



Comprehension Questions (attached)

Technology Resources Needed:

Computers/iPads for students to search for online job applications



Print or collect job applications (if not doing online version)

If you want your students to search online, provide students with suggestions of what to search for.


1. Provide students with a variety of job applications or allow them to go online and find job applications.

2. Give students the opportunity to glance over the applications and highlight any unknown vocabulary.

3. Make a list of the vocabulary and discuss domain-specific vocabulary.

4. Look at the job application again and this time fill out the application to the best of your ability. 

5. Allow students to peer huddle (work in a group of 3-5) and discuss the unexpected challenges that arose while completing the application. 

6.  Come together as a whole group and allow free discussion of challenges and unexpected questions. Tell students that reading comprehension is important for every aspect of life. If you cannot comprehend what you read, it will be very difficult to find even the most basic job.

7. Provide students with a list of comprehension questions that match the applications (Examples attached). Allow students to work either independently or with a partner to answer the questions.

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Assessment Strategies

The teacher should look at the completed application and comprehension questions and use as a formative assessment to guide future instruction.


These materials can also be used in a math lesson. Ask students to find the pay per hour and calculate the pay for 40 hours, 30 hours, etc.  Find the pay for one week, two weeks, one month, etc.


Allow students to work with a partner to complete the activity.

Provide students with an application on a low reading level.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.