In this unit, students will work to construct their own definition of a goal and from that spring into action in setting real, measurable, and motivating goals for their life. This unit is designed to not only teach students what a goal is, but to also explain why they are necessary. To emphasize to students that without them we have little to no direction and as a result we will not be led to success, but wander aimlessly. The unit is also structured to go beyond the preliminary stages of goal setting, but to actually see the students through to the accomplishment of these goals, and celebrating in their successes. Students will do this by establishing an accountability partner and write reflective journals as a means to monitor their progress. Meanwhile, students will participate in simulations to make the abstract concrete in understanding the importance of goals and explore second hand experiences of goal setting in literature.
Phillips, Erin, "Goal Setting- Obtaining Your Best [7th-8th grades]" (2008). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. 39.