Why be an Entrepreneur?


Course Flow


Through this lesson students will understand the reasons entrepreneurs choose the entrepreneurial path as a career and how it differs from traditional career paths. 

The key learning goals to emphasize and encourage in this class are recognizing that the skills to be an entrepreneur are within each one of us, and understanding that entrepreneurs create something from an idea.

Type: Lesson Plan Duration: 50 minutes Grade Levels: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10

Encourage acceptance that no two entrepreneurial paths will be the same, just as the personality of an entrepreneur varies from individual to individual—the path is defined by those who make it.

In the second half of the lesson, the point is not to disparage existing traditional career paths, but to highlight how the entrepreneurial path is unique and exciting because of its ability to solve a problem or bring something new to the world.

Use group and partner work to continue to create and reinforce a classroom of collaboration and discussion. In these initial lessons, feel free to rotate students or randomize seating so each time students arrive in class they are working with different peers. Once students begin working on their team challenge, they will stay with one group over several lessons.

  • Name traditional and entrepreneurial careers 
  • Identify the differences between traditional and entrepreneurial career paths
  • Identify the steps in an entrepreneurial career path
  • Create their own visual representation of their ideal career path