Positive Self-Talk and Writing a Letter of Introduction: A MS Health Lesson

Title of Lesson:  Letter of Introduction (Positive Self-talk/Self-esteem)

Course Name: Health

Grade Level:  8

Author’s Name:  Eric Edwards

School District:  Cornwall-Lebanon School District

PA Academic Standards for Health and Physical Education
10.2.:  Healthful Living
10.2.9.D.:  Analyze and apply a decision-making process to adolescent health and safety issues.  
PA Academic Standards for Career Education and Work
13.1:  Career Awareness and Preparation
13.1.8.G.:  Create an individualized career plan including, such as, but not limited to:
  • Assessment and continued development of career portfolio
  • Career goals
  • Cluster/pathway opportunities
  • Individual interests and abilities
  • Training/education requirements and financing
13.2:  Career Acquisition
13.2.8.C.:  Prepare a draft of career acquisition documents, such as, but not limited to:
  • Job application
  • Letter of appreciation following an interview
  • Letter of introduction
  • Request for letter of recommendation
  • Resume
Learning Objectives
Students will be able to:
  • Discuss the importance of positive self-esteem and self-talk.
  • Formulate a list of personal attributes that would be appealing to a potential employer.
  • Develop a Letter of Introduction for a potential employment opportunity.  
Instructional Procedure
10 MinutesActivator
With a partner, discuss the following two questions.
  • What is positive self-esteem?
  • How does positive self-talk help your self-esteem?
Discuss responses as a class.
15 MinutesClass Discussion/Instruction
What is self-esteem?  Explain: 
Self-esteem is the way that an individual feels about him or herself.
  • Can be positive or negative
People with positive self-esteem:  (Kidshealth.org)
  • feel proud of what they can do
  • see the good things about themselves
  • believe in themselves, even when they don't do well at first
  • feel liked and accepted
  • accept themselves, even when they make mistakes
People with low self-esteem:  (Kidshealth.org)
  • don't think they are as good as others
  • don't feel liked or accepted
  • think more about the times they fail, than the times they do well
  • don't notice the good things about themselves
  • are hard on themselves and give up easily
What is self-talk?  Explain:
  • Self-Talk is the way that a person subconsciously thinks about him or herself.  It is directly related to an individual's self-esteem.
  • Positive self-talk is an optimistic way to think about yourself and everything that you do well.  
  • Provide examples.
  • Show Video:  PBS Positive Self Talk 
5-10 MinutesGroup Practice/Demonstration/Ask  
What are you good at?  What attributes do you possess that you are proud of?
Students complete Staying Positive Worksheet
  • Students will list positive attributes about themselves
  • Must have two items for each area of health (social, physical, emotional, and mental)
30 MinutesLetter of Introduction (Handout for Students)
Review the following parameters with students: Using the list of positive attributes, students will write a letter of introduction to a potential employer. 
Use the following parameters to create your letter:  (Paragraphs should be at least 4 sentences.)  
Paragraph 1:  Introduction
  • brief description of yourself
  • hobbies, age, sports, clubs, etc.
Paragraph 2:  Attributes
  • What are you good at?
  • What employable skills do you have?
  • What can you offer a future employer?
Paragraph 3:  Closure
  • Thank them for the opportunity
  • Contact information
10 Minutes Reflection/Closure
Students will read their Letter of Introduction to a partner.  Partners will provide feedback
  • Does the letter include 3 paragraphs?
  • Does each Paragraph contain at least 4 sentences?
  • Give your opinion on content.
Formative Assessment
  • Cooperative responses
  • Staying Positive Worksheet (Link below)
  • Letter of Introduction
Materials Needed
Staying Positive Worksheet   
Video:  Positive Self Talk   
Letter of Introduction Handout   
Self-esteem (for Kids)
PBS Positive Self Talk

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