Career Guidance Lesson Plan
Who Moved My Cheese?
By Clarita Stevens and Peggy Nissen
EESL 5340 Integrating Language Acquisition into Content Instruction
Instructor: Dr. Louise Jorgensen
Comprehensive Counseling and
Four Components:
o Individual Planning
o Responsive Services (traditional counseling)
o Guidance Curriculum
o System Support
 Counselors must provide services to ALL students.
 Curriculum is created based on grade level and need.
 TLC lessons are provided for middle school.
 Utah Futures is the state career delivery system.
 Counseling has its own vocabulary which must be taught
STANDARDS: Utah CCGP Student Outcomes: Standards and Competencies
Academic/Learning Development
Standard A: Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge and skills that contribute to
effective learning in school and cross the lifespan.
AL:A1.2 Indentify and apply attitudes, expectations and behaviors which
lead to successful learning
Life/Career Development
Standard A: Students will become aware of self in relation to the world of work.
LC:A2.1 Learn to understand and respect individual uniqueness in the
LC:A2.3 Understand that the changing nature of work requires adaptability,
lifelong learning, and acquiring new skills
Multicultural/Global Citizen Development
Standard A: Students will develop the ability to evaluate, and to approach life as a
contributing citizen in our global community
MG:A1.1 Recognize, appreciate and respect individual difference,
alternative point of view, ethnicity, culture, race, religion and lifestyles
MG:A1.4 Improve the ability to express an opinion on issues while listening
to and respecting the views of others
Personal/Social Development
Standard B: Students will identify and utilize processes to set and achieve goals, make
decisions, and solve problems
Competency B2: Demonstrate skills for decision-making
Grade Level: 8-12 (modify for younger students)
Theme: Career Guidance
Lesson Topic: Who Moved My Cheese? About life’s changes and how to deal with
Language: students will read for comprehension; understand the meaning of
parables and metaphors; use writing, speaking, and listening;
Content: students will develop the skills to make decisions using the decision
making process; students will understand that change is good.
Learning Strategies: Social Skills Strategy: Solving a Problem (page 82 of the text)
Differentiated Strategies:
• Varying academic levels: use groups of varying academic levels; each group
presents on the reading , challenge them
• Visual learners: live demonstration, watch a video;
• Auditory learners: audiotape of the reading in different languages,
• Kinesthetic learners: drama (role play), using chart paper to present to the class
about their group discussion
Key Vocabulary: infer, opinion, parables, metaphor, adaptation, proactive, reacting,
Materials: copies of Who Moves My Cheese? for teen or kids (one in first language if
possible), YouTube clips, poster board , scissors, markers, tape for ‘Handwriting on
the Wall’ and group discussion
Procedures: Tell students that today’s lesson theme is “Who Moved My Cheese?.” by
Spencer Johnson, MD., a parable about changes. Discuss with class what a parable is.
Go over other vocabulary. By reading the parable they will learn ways to react
positively to inevitable change, and get insights on how to make decision regarding
changes in their lives. Students read, have small group discussions, write about the
meaning of the parable and design a poster that reflects on of the message on the
Handwriting on the Wall Handout and/or either act out or record how the characters
in the play would react to change events in their lives.
Assessment: Use Minute Paper for feedback to respond briefly on what the students
learned from the lesson, or use one-sentence summary.
Change Happens - They Keep Moving The Cheese
Anticipate Change - Get Ready For The Cheese To Move
Monitor Change - Smell The Cheese Often So You Know When It Is Getting Old
Adapt to Change Quickly -The Quicker You Let Go Of Old Cheese, The Sooner You
Can Enjoy New Cheese
Change - Move With The Cheese
Enjoy Change! - Savor The Adventure And Enjoy The Taste Of New Cheese!
Be Ready to Quickly Change And Enjoy It, Again And Again! -They Keep Moving
The Cheese
Record three Change Events
from the following list and
predict how each of the
characters in Who Moved My
Cheese would react to it:
Change Event:
•School will be starting 45 minutes
earlier next year.
•You get a new job, but they want you to
work every Friday and Saturday night.
•Your best friend is developing a new
friendship with someone at his/her
•You tried out for the lead in the school
play and got a less important part.
•You promised to mow the lawn and the
lawnmower won’t start.
•You broke your foot playing your favorite
•Your parents have just told you that
you are moving to a new home in a
new town.
You got a job working in a grocery store.
•Your girlfriend/boyfriend broke up with
•The class you want to take is full.

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