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9th Grade Lessons and Events

In the 9th Grade, pairs will build a strong and trusting relationship through self-exploration and honest sharing of our values, interests and cultural backgrounds. Pairs will understand and practice a growth mindset by setting and working towards a goal based on interests or values. Pairs will practice collaboration and career exploration through summer plans.

Click here for a grade guide which summarizes the curricular goals for the grade and unit content.

Click here for a document which includes the overview of each unit, the objectives for each lesson, and PM preparation/facilitation notes for each lesson. 

Unit 1: Understanding the Program

This is a pre-platform unit which introduces students to the iMentor program, the role of the mentor-mentee, and the way the curriculum and classes support them in this work. This unit prepares students to complete their new mentee applications for matching. At the end of the unit, students will be prepared to fully participate in the program, will understand the reasoning/benefits of the program, and be excited about their mentor.

Lesson Purpose Resources
9.1.1 The Power and Potential of Mentoring Relationships SWBAT demonstrate understanding of the characteristics of a formal mentoring relationship and the purpose of a mentor.
9.1.2 It Takes Two: Elements of a Successful Mentoring Relationship SWBAT articulate their roles and responsibilities as a mentee. Students will also be able to identify behaviors and mindsets both mentors and mentees must bring to the relationship in order for it to be impactful.
9.1.3 What I Want in a Mentor  SWBAT identify what they want in a mentor (and why) across a broad set of characteristics.
9.1.4 Matching Application  Students will be able to self-reflect and complete a matching application in an honest manner.

Unit 2: Becoming a Mentee

In this unit, students complete and explore iMentor systems that help mentees connect with their mentors and help iMentor assess the students. Students are introduced to the platform, where they will draft their first message to their new mentors. Then, students utilize the information from unit 1 to inform their answers on the beginning of the year survey. Once this unit is complete, pairs will understand how to utilize the platform to start building their new relationship. The pairs will also have broken the ice and have been introduced virtually to one another.

Lesson Purpose Resources
9.2.1 Recipe For Trust This lesson focuses on students’ roles in building trust in a new relationship with their mentors.
9.2.2 Exploring Platform Students will be able to understand how to navigate and use the Platform for communication with their mentors.
9.2.3 Beginning of Year Survey Students will be able to share their opinions about the program and their current identity as a student. 
9.2.4 Mentor Reveal SWBAT learn about their new mentor and introduce themselves on Platform.

Unit 3: Allow Me to Introduce Myself

This is the first unit after pairs have been matched and it gives the pairs the opportunity to launch their relationships and begin getting to know one another. Pairs will explore similarities and differences, make connections and share experiences that will deepen their relationship. At the end of this unit, pairs will have a basic understanding of each other's interests, backgrounds, motivation and day to day activities.

Lesson/Event Objective Resources
9.3.1 Five Questions About Me, Five Questions About You  SWBAT answer questions about themselves and pose questions to their mentors to build rapport and a shared understanding.
9.3.2 A Day in My Life SWBAT share a snapshot of their day to day activities with their mentor.
9.3.3 " I Am From" Poem Students will be able to creatively express their identity to their classmates and mentor.
9.3.4 Successes and Failures SWBAT understand that everyone's story includes both successes and failures, and that real growth comes from how we respond to each of these in our lives. 
9.3. Event_ Hi, My Name is... Pairs will develop rapport by describing an object/picture that is important to them. Pairs will create commitments on how they want their relationship to proceed for the first semester. 

Unit 4: Becoming a Pair

Students will consider and celebrate similarities and differences with their mentors, explore what makes a healthy relationship and establish expectations for their mentor-mentee relationship.  

Lesson Objective  Resources
9.4.1 Exploring Similarities and Differences SWBAT identify similarities and differences with their mentor and articulate how understanding and celebrating each is an essential component of a strong mentoring relationship.
9.4.2 Healthy Relationships SWBAT understand components of a healthy relationship and understand how they can use the attributes of healthy relationships to build their relationship with their mentor. 
9.4.3 Give and Gets SWBAT articulate that developing the strongest possible mentoring relationship will take both "gives and gets" from themselves and from their mentor and will be able to identify the give and gets they are ready to make.
9.4. Event_ Communicating to Success

Pairs will learn and practice healthy forms of communication. 

Pairs will make agreements to utilize the healthy forms of communication for future rapport building. 


Unit 5: Goal Setting

In this unit, students and mentors will practice using the SMART goal framework to develop short-term targets that are specific, measurable, ambitious, realistic, and time-bound. Students and mentors will share goals that they are setting for the month. Students will see the importance of setting a clear goal, tracking progress towards that goal,  getting expert tips/feedback, and reflecting on their progress.

Lesson Purpose Resources
9.5.1 The Power of Goal-Setting In this lesson, students will think about a goal
that they set in the past and begin to define what
they think is needed to successfully set goals.

9.5.2 SMART Goals This lesson introduces students to the SMART
goal framework by guiding students to define
specific, measurable goals. Understanding the
importance of working towards specific goals in a non-academic area will help mentees practice
that process in a safe space, where it may be
possible to see progress quickly and clearly. This
will set a foundation for developing and working
towards specific academic goals in Unit 5: Growth Mindset.
9.5.3 Expert Advice In this lesson, students will discuss the
importance of seeking resources such as expert
examples, advice, and direct feedback. Students
will network in class to develop a list of experts
to contact; this can also help build relationships
and trust within the classroom. Students will
implement research strategies and harness social capital several times over the course of the
program and the post-secondary application
process.
9.5.4 Goal Tracking and Reflection Students will track their progress over the past
two weeks and develop specific a strategy for
achieving the SMART goals they set in a previous
lesson. This approach to achieving goals will be
extended in Unit 5: Growth Mindset.
9.5. Event_ Rise to the Challenge! This event provides the opportunity for mentors and mentees to work together towards a short-term goal,
reflect and adjust the plan before attempting the task a second time. This allows mentors and mentees to
practice reflecting on and adjusting a plan to achieve a goal in a low-risk environment, so they become more
comfortable applying that process to a longer-term goal.

Unit 6: Summer Enrichment

In this unit, students and their mentors will create a plan for the summer ahead using the STEP document. Pairs will discuss and explore how students can pursue their interests and goals.  The Fit Factors in the STEP document will make sure pairs communicate clearly about time and money constraints so they can collaborate well on summer plans and research.  Mentors will offer suggestions and support their mentee’s efforts to research, compare, evaluate, and apply for summer opportunities through Summer Teen Enrichment Projects (STEP).

Lesson Purpose Resources
9.6.1 Summer Top 100 This lesson prepares students to plan for the summer by asking them to identify their priorities.
9.6.2 Personal Growth Students will use the STEP plan to discuss what they want to get out of their summer.
9.6.3 Time and Money It is crucial to emphasize that all students can grow and learn over the summer, regardless of a student’s financial needs or constraints in terms of location and time.
9.6.4 STEP Planner Students need dedicated and supported time to research and reflect on different types of summer opportunities.
9.6 Event_STEP Research This event provides the opportunity for mentors and mentees to work together towards a short-term goal, reflect and adjust the plan before attempting the task a second time. This allows mentors and mentees to practice reflecting on and adjusting a plan to achieve a goal in a low-risk environment, so they become more comfortable applying that process to a longer term goal.
9.6 Event My STEP Plan Because STEP serves a precursor to the high stakes PREP project that students will complete in 11th grade, it is a great opportunity for mentor/mentee pairs to practice collaboration and honest feedback. Shared goals also encourage pairs to think as a team and build trust.

Unit 7: Growth Mindset

In this unit, mentors will support students in developing a growth mindset. Students and their mentors will reflect on challenges they’ve already overcome, acknowledging how a growth mindset has helped them in the past. They will also consider the value of failure, the role of motivation in goal setting, and the meaning of grit.

Lesson Purpose Resources
9.7.1 Opportunities for Growth This lesson introduces the concept of growth versus fixed mindsets, which is the focus of this unit.
9.7.2 My Outlook In this lesson, students will reflect on the kind of of self-talk they’ve used and the feedback they’ve received from others about their skills, abilities, and personal qualities.
9.7.3 Persistence In this lesson, students will attempt a difficult activity twice and reflect on how it feels to fail and what they can learn from failure.
9.7 Event_ The Power of Yet Inserting the word “yet” can have a profound effect on how students think of things they cannot (yet) do. In this lesson, students will practice this simple technique in hypothetical scenarios and then apply “the power of yet” to their own lives. 

Unit 8: Reflecting Back, Looking Forward

In this unit, students begin the process of transitioning from 9th to 10th grade by reflecting on their 9th grade year and then planning for the year(s) to come. This unit builds on the goal-setting work to help students continue to develop a growth mindset with regards to their educational journey. It also provides students space to make informed and intentional decisions about their future academic choices, who they seek out for support, and how they use that support. This will be an important skill for building their best profile as college applicants, making thoughtful decisions about their post-secondary lives, and making good decisions throughout their lives. 
Lesson Purpose Resources
9.8.1 Freshman Year Check-In Students will reflect on their freshman year- from both an academic and social emotional perspective. These activities will strengthen the relationship between mentors and mentees by encouraging mentees to engage their mentors in their learning process. 
9.8.2 College Sneak Peek After reflecting on the past year, students are ready to look ahead and begin to plan for their future. For students to maximize their high school experience, they should start thinking about the post-secondary options available to them and what sorts of colleges might interest them.
9.8.3 Planning My Path In this lesson, students will begin planning for the future years of high school. By engaging in this together, mentor and mentees can practice doing this planning work collaboratively, which will strengthen their relationship and lay the foundation for working together in years to come.
9.8 Career Exploration Checkup Each year, pairs will connect at one event to discuss and check-in on their “big picture” progress towards figuring out a happy and fulfilling life after high school. The program’s career exploration model is organized around four key questions.  The rubric that pairs will use to reflect on their progress is organized the same way.


Unit 9: Launching Grade 10

In this unit, students will build on the goal-setting strategies they learned earlier in the year and apply them to their summer planning. Students will begin by reflecting on long-term goals by envisioning their future selves. They will then establish a related intermediate goal for the summer using the SMART goal framework. Finally, students will reflect on their relationships with their mentors, and express gratitude in an end-of-the-year celebration.

Lesson Purpose Resources
9.9.1 Vision of the Future In this lesson, students will create a vision board of their future selves. Developing a clear and thoughtful image of their future selves will help motivate students in their summer activities.
9.9.2 Message From Sophomore Self To help students envision their future selves, students will complete a message from their sophomore self describing what they will have experienced and accomplished by the end of sophomore year.
9.9.3 Summer SMART Goal Students will set a second goal for the summer based on their academic goals, personal interests, or values.
9.9.4 End of Year Survey In this lesson, students will have an opportunity to complete the End of Year survey and reflect on the year with their mentor.
9.9.5 Closing Out the Year Students will read thank you notes from their mentors and create thank you notes in return, demonstrating the importance of giving and receiving gratitude in reciprocal relationships.
9.9 Leveraging Your Mentor Mentors can be a valuable resource for mentees as they navigate personal challenges and the post-secondary process as well as figure out a career that interests them and how to pursue it. In this event, pairs reflect on their relationship and when mentees go to their mentors for help, and identify new ways mentors can support mentees.
9.9 End of Year Celebration In any relationship, long stretches without meaningful communication can be damaging. It is important for pairs to determine how and how often they will communicate over the summer if they are able to keep in touch or meet-up at this point in the program.

Enrichment Lessons

These are designed "extra" lessons that are at the discretion of the region to utilize. These lessons are designed to not be time sensitive and can be implemented when necessary. 

Lesson Purpose Resources
Professional Email Writing Students will learn to communicate formally through email. Email communication is an essential skill for both job -seeking and a common form of communication in post-secondary pathways, college and in the workplace.
Current Event  SWBAT will learn about, discuss and respond to a current event. 
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