By the end of this unit, students will be able to
The six Cs are a great way to connect to character education and learning skills.
Depending on where you teach, you may be able to connect it to the English / Language Arts curriculum as well. Some possible connections to the Grade 8 Language Arts Ontario Curriculum are made below to give you ideas:
In the next unit, we’re going to be exploring something called the six “C’s. The six Cs are a bunch of skills that you can use at school, at home, at a job… pretty much anywhere. They’re learning skills that some people think you’re going to need to be successful in the 21st century.
This year, you’re going to be learning a lot of stuff in class. You’re going to be learning about English, Math, Science, Geography, Phys Ed, Art, Music, etc etc.
The six Cs are things that everyone can do, should do. And, if you can start to learn and develop these skills at school, you’ll find you can apply them at home, in relationships, now, and in the future.
Today’s lesson is just an overview of what we’re going to be doing for the next few weeks. I’m going to give you a road map so you know where we’re headed. (Sometimes, if students know what they’re going to be learning, it helps them to put things together.)
Each of the “C”s is in one of these hexagon icons. (Get it? Six Cs… six sides… hexagon…)
In this unit, I’ve colour coded the hexagons. Pssst. Think rainbow.
You’ll notice there’s a lot of overlap between the 6 Cs and activities in this introduction. That’s because they’re all interconnected.
Teacher Tip: So, if your class has a favourite activity, feel free to use it again but with a different conversation focus. .
Here’s the big picture for what we will be learning in this unit.
Each “lesson” may take one class, or several classes, depending on the class, how interactive they are, and how long the periods are.
Lessons 2-7 look at each “C” one by one and each lesson has 3 parts: an activity, a video, and a vocabulary worksheet. Each of these parts could easily be a class onto itself.
At the very end, there is a review.
The first lesson is an overview of all six Cs. We will be doing an activity for each C to give you a taste of what that C is about.
Your job as we go through each C is to think about
The next six lessons give you a deeper understanding of each “C” one at a time.
Each lesson actually has 3 parts and all of the lessons follow the same part.
What does this actually mean?
During the first part, we’re going to do an activity that helps us experience that “C”
We do this because some of the Cs are hard to explain. (Like what’s the difference between collaboration and communication.)
So, an activity can help us figure out what the word means. (Like, I kind of know what critical thinking is… but, wait, what’s the difference between just regular thinking and “critical” thinking?) So, the activity gives us an idea of what the “C” is all about.
Finally, we’re going to play with the word to get a really good understanding of what the “C” is all about.
We’re going to use a graphic organizer to …
At the very end, we’re going to review the question we asked at the very begin with the introduction lesson:
In other words, how are they interconnected with each other, but really separate at the same time?
Some very smart people in the world came up with these six Cs. (Not me) These are the skill sets they think we need to survive and thrive in the 21st century – anywhere in the world.
So, even though there are times when it seems like the Cs are the same thing (like communication and collaboration), it’s our job during this unit to try to figure out how they’re similar, but different at the same time.
The last unit is going to be an overview and review.
TEACHER TIP: You may choose to do an assessment at the end.
Let’s recap and see if you were paying attention!
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