Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Climbing the Ladder of Success
Ask students what success means to
them. Narrow the discussion to a reflection of success in the workplace. Ask
students to consider whether there are careers where a person must excel in
order to succeed, and if so, what they might be. Ask students which of them
might like to become famous within their chosen career, and why. Discuss
whether being famous is the same as being successful, and ask if they consider
Karen Kain to be famous/successful. Have students list on a T-chart the
positive and negative factors of choosing a career where one must excel in
order to succeed and discuss their answers.
Outline the Opportunity
In partners, students are to
research the clips "Why ballet?," "Kain draws acclaim abroad," "The pains of
ballet," "Media crowds outside Kain's wedding," "Not just a ballerina,"
"Ballet's ups and downs," "Dancers go toe to toe with Mike Harris" and "Swan
song" from Karen Kain, Prima Ballerina
on the CBC Digital Archives website to note the career highlights and
challenges of Karen Kain. When the research is completed, students are to come
up with an idea for creating a visual display that outlines the steps Kain took
to achieve fame and the positive and/or negative factors necessary to achieve
that step. (You may wish to discuss whether or not a ladder is an appropriate
visual symbol for this type of discussion, and what the "climbing" metaphor
could imply.) Where appropriate, students can cite direct quotations from Kain
and/or the media about both the glory and the price of fame.
Revisit and Reflect
Share the visual displays and lead a discussion about the glory and the price of fame.
Students can write a personal response about whether or not they would be willing to make the commitment necessary to pursue a career in which it is necessary to excel in order to succeed.
- chart paper
- art supplies