Lesson Plan

It starts with the application

An introduction to job applications

Students will:

  • Understand what a job application is
  • Understand what job applications are looking for
  • Understand what should and should not be includded in an application
English Language Arts
Grades 10 – 12
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Presenting

 Introduce students to a job application.  It is possible that high school juniors have never had to fill out a job application before as most of their work may have been for friends, family or volunteer work through the school.



Ben Bailey: Job Applications (present this to finish the hook)

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Exploring

Use the SMARTBOARD to show students various job applications.  Point out how some job applications ask for basic information, while others seek more information (such as extra-curricular activities in school, etc.)

3 Pair Work

Activity: Creating

Have students get into pairs and create sample applications for the other student in the pair to fill out.  Appropriate job positions only!  Have each group select one of the applications and create a copy to turn in at the end of the session

4 Individual work

Activity: Creating


Teacher will select the best job application that was given by each group and create multiple copies.  Teacher will distribute job application that was copied to students and have them fill it out to turn in by the beginning of the next class.




Stress importance of: Work experiences (including volunteer work), Skills, and weaknesses (honesty is key in a good application)

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Presenting

Wrap-up the importance of job applications and end on a less serious note!

Funny hiring tests!