Aspire Generation - What is work?

Aspire Generation - What is work?

Lesson 2 of 12 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • Work Studies
  • Economic
  • Enterprise Learning
  • Job Ready
  • ...

Lesson summary

This lesson will explore the question: “What is work?” Using a visual representation, students explain their understanding of work. Students are then introduced via a short clip to Orange Sky Laundry, a charity organisation that provides free laundry and showering services for people experiencing homelessness. In small groups, students consider the content of the clip then respond to prompting questions that challenge their understanding of work.

Essential questions:

  • What is work?
  • What are some different ways to understand work?
  • How can personal passion drive the type of work people do?

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Teacher Content Info
Chalk Talk Prompts - Aspire Generation

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions:

Year 9 Work Studies:

  • Plan and implement strategies and processes to improve their learning and enhance the potential to realise their aspirations and personal wellbeing (ACWSCL005

Year 10 Work Studies:

  • Focus their learning strategies on personal and work-related aspirations (ACWSCL024

General capabilities: LiteracyCritical and Creative ThinkingPersonal and Social Capability

Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: Students investigate the skills and personal qualities associated with a range of occupations and explain the importance of teamwork and collaboration.

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: Students explain the relationship between changing circumstances, learning and 21st century work opportunities and identify the skills needed to manage changes.

Unit of work: Aspire Generation – Work Studies

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required

  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet
  • Device capable of an online image search (one per student or enough for one between two)
  • Butcher’s paper, blu-tack, ‘Chalk Talk’ visible thinking routine prompts (print enough copies so that there are enough for one per group of 3-4 students)
  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class.


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Social Skills

Additional info

This lesson supports La Trobe University’s Aspire Generation initiative, which empowers students to drive change through community engagement, volunteerism and leadership opportunities.

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