Educational Objective: The student will identify a personal goal and the steps to achieve it.
Language Arts Standard: Speaking and Listening

Materials Needed:
Brainstorm Form
Appropriate Worksheet: One for each student to complete.. To download the student worksheet, click here

The Lesson:

• Identify Need: Everybody likes to make self improvements
• Introductory Activity: Brainstorm-New Years Resolutions
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Identify a personal goal.
2. Break the goal down into smaller steps or objectives.
3. Establish a timeline for reaching the goals and the objectives.
4. List the behaviors that will help you achieve your objectives.
5. List the behaviors that will not help you achieve your objectives.
6. List some rewards to doing positive behaviors.
7. List some consequences if you do behaviors that will not help you achieve your goal.
8. Determine how the goal will be measured.

• Model the Skill
• Classroom Discussion: Make up a document to guide someone through the self-improvement process.
• Applications-so many
• Independent Uses


Student _____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Social Skill Being Practiced: ____________________________

Behavior of Speaker: Read goal worksheet outloud No Yes
Did the student identify a goal for personal improvement?    
Did the student break the goal into short term objectives?    
Did the student set times/dates for achievement of the goal?    
Did the student make a list of behaviors that will help him achieve the goal?    
Did the student make a list of behaviors that will prevent him from attaining the goal?    
Did the student identify some rewards for achieving the short term goals?    
Did the student identify consequences for doing things that will prevent his success?    
Did the student have a system of measurement?    

Other Comments: ___________________________________________________________

See also book at

See also Dr. Phil's 5 Step Self Improvement Plan at

And.. "Through My Eyes"

Through My Eyes: A Journal For Teens Kranz, Linda Hard 12.30
Thought-starting ideas geared toward kids 12 and up are at the top of lined pages which encourage kids to write about their thoughts, feelings and dreams. 128 pages.


Other Standards Address in Lesson:

6th Grade
Reading Standards
1.2 Identify and interpret figurative language and words with multiple meanings.
1.5 Understand shades of meanings in related words.
2.7 Make reasonable assertions about a text through accurate, supporting citations
Writing Strategies
1.1 Choose the form of writing (e.g. personal letter, poem or narrative) that best suits the intended purpose.
1.6 Revise writing to improve the organization and consistency of ideas.
Speaking Applications:
2.4 Offer a logical sequence of information and engage the listener, foster an acceptance of an idea.

7th Grade
Reading Standards
2.1 Understand and analyze the differences in structure and purpose between various categories of informational materials.
3.3 Analyze characterization as delineated through thoughts, words and speech patterns.
Writing Strategies
1.4 Demonstrate the mechanics of writing (e.g., quotation marks, commas at the end of dependent clauses) and appropriate English usage.
Speaking Applications:
1.2 Determine a speakerís attitude toward a subject.
1.6 Use speaking techniques, including voice modulation , inflection, tempo, enunciation and eye contact for effective communication.

8th Grade
Reading Standards
1.1 Analyze idioms, analogies, metaphors and similes to infer the literal and figurative meanings of phrases.
3.4 Analyze the relevance of the setting (e.g. place, time, customs) to the mood, tone and meaning of text.
Writing Strategies
2.1 Write a clear, coherent incident, event or situation by using well chosen details.
2.5 Present information purposely and succinctly and meet the needs of the intended audience.
Speaking Applications:
1.2 Paraphrase a speakerís purpose and point of view and ask relevant questions concerning the speakerís content, delivery and purpose.
1.3 Organize information to achieve particular purposes by matching the message, vocabulary, voice modulation, expression and tone to the audience and purpose.


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