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Sharing Information about Careers with Infographics

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Sharing Information about Careers with Infographics

Grades 6 – 9
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Wickline

Kathy Wickline

Tolono, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English



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This lesson allows students to explore answers to the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” While some students might have an answer to that question, other students need time to investigate their career choices. Some might name their dream careers but do not realize how to achieve their ambitions or the details involved in the daily work of their dream occupations. Therefore, in this lesson, students research specific careers based on their own interests and then report their findings to the class. To illustrate their research, students create infographics using the online tool Piktochart. Through the creation of infographics, students will engage in developing visual literacy, a skill that is important in today's visually oriented world.

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Career Notetaking Sheet: Students will use this notetaking sheet to organize their research notes, which will be the basis for their infographics.

Piktochart: Students will use this website to create their own infographics to illustrate their research on careers.

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American College Testing (ACT) points out that career planning is important for everyone, and that such goals should start as early as sixth grade. They suggest that students should be given the opportunity to explore their future educational and career goals based on what interests the students have. Additionally, ACT believes educators can aid students in seeing connections between academic success and career options.

Schramm estimates that in today’s media rich environment, “85% of what we know is gathered from visual perception” (11). Therefore, students need to be given the opportunity to develop visual literacy skills, as done in this lesson with infographics. Through the use of Piktochart, students increase their technology skills, another important literacy in today’s world. The NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies states that “active, successful participants in this 21st century global society must be able to develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology.” This lesson provides that necessary practice to increase these abilities.

The Economic Benefits of Academic and Career Preparation.  ACT. ACT, Inc., 2008. Web. 30 Dec. 2014.


Schramm, Karen. “What Are You Doing . . . About Technology in the Classroom? Or, Stop Short-Circuiting Learning in the Classroom.” English Leadership Quarterly, March 2011: 10-13.


NCTE Position Statement. NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies.  2008.

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