Unit 2 - Work Ethic, Communication, and Teamwork

Unit Objectives

This unit teaches students about work ethic, communication, and teamwork through lectures and interactive projects.

Unit Teacher Notes

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Lesson 1 (30-60 minutes)

This lesson will teach students about effective communication and teamwork.


  • Use technology to communicate effectively in various settings and contexts

  • Understand how to use an effective writing process

  • Understand how to develop technical engineering presentations

  • Understand how to make effective technical posters

  • Define teamwork

  • Identify traits of a good and poor teammate

  • Recognize how to communicate effectively in teams

  • Demonstrate positive group communication exchanges

  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of teamwork

Common Core Standards

Common Core Standard Student Action
SL.9-10.1.B, Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed. Students participate in multiple team challenges to accomplish common goals.

Lesson 2 (150-180 minutes)

Students will work through a Work Ethic dilemma with their groups. They will learn what is important in working together and how they will be graded on their work ethic throughout the year.


  • Define the term work ethic, and the characteristics of having a strong work ethic

  • Describe how a person’s work ethic can be tested from situation to situation

Common Core Standards

Common Core Standard Student Action
RST.11-12.9, Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible. Students use information from presentations and activities to understand and explain work ethic.
SL.9-10.4, Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task. Students work in groups to write a paper in response to questions presented in work ethic exercises.

Lesson 3 (30 minutes)

Quiz on the unit


  • Check for understanding