Unit Overview 

Students investigate economic and environmental conditions that influence employment in their community. Students compare recent times to the Great Depression, analyze the availability of natural resources, explore current job statistics, and hold a job fair simulation. 

Service Experience 
Learners look at employability in the local job market, research available community resources and statistics, learn and teach employment skills, and assess local needs related to unemployment. They use the collected data to develop a plan of action to help the community. After they complete their goals and provide a needed service, they collect further data and reflect on the measurable impact of the service on themselves and the people they helped.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Jobs on the Move
Lesson 1 of 4
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

In this lesson, learners study vocabulary and concepts of the Great Depression. They explore the factors that led to the Great Depression and compare them to the economic conditions of the recent recession of 2008 and 2009. Learners read excerpts from two literature books by John Steinbeck and view a New York Times movie review of "The Grapes of Wrath," comparing The Great Depression to a modern recession. Students complete three independent activities related to the Great Depression and recent economic issues. They also discuss how economic times affect volunteering and serving. Students propose action young people can take to help unemployed people in their community, and plan and carry out a service-learning project.

Unit: 
Jobs on the Move
Lesson 2 of 4
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

In this lesson, students learn about the interconnectedness of the ecosystem and its impact on the economy of a region. Students will examine both biotic and abiotic ecosystem components and link these to historical industries of the region. Students will investigate the long-term sustainability of resource use and extraction in the area and make a service-learning plan for influencing sustainable use of resources and unemployment issues. 

Unit: 
Jobs on the Move
Lesson 3 of 4
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

The learners explore a government website to find statistics and facts about unemployment. They look for a correlation between education, income level, and employment. After gathering information, students propose ideas for encouraging people to get further education (or dropout prevention). They choose an audience and a format for sharing statistics in an interesting and motivating way.