Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.
Upon completion of this lesson on motivation, students will be able to:
- Ask and answer questions about motivation.
- Summarize the stages of the motivation cycles.
- Define content-related vocabulary.
Common Core Curriculum Standards
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
- cycle of motivation
- Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
- Copies of quiz
- Copies of the lesson
- Chart Paper
- Internet access
Reading & Discussion Questions
- Preview vocabulary with students prior to reading the lesson.
- Read The Motivational Cycle: Definition, Stages & Examples as a class, and discuss the following questions:
- What determines a person's progress towards their goal?
- What are the stages of the motivational cycle?
- What determines the motivating need in a person?
- Explain Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.
- Turn and talk: Describe an example of the motivational cycle in your life.
- How would the motivational cycle of a typical American be different from the motivational cycle of a person living in a third world country?
- Ask if there are any questions, then give the students the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.
- Check the answers as a class.
Motivational Cycle Based on Needs
Materials needed: copies of lesson, chart paper, markers, internet access, paper, pencils
- Divide students into five groups. Provide each group with a set of materials.
- Assign each group to one of the following of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: physiological needs, safety, love/belonging, esteem, and self-actualization.
- Provide students the opportunity to do internet research as needed to clarify their understanding of the cycle they have been assigned.
- Have student groups create a fictional character at the assigned level of need.
- Have students sketch the person in the center of the chart paper with a brief description of that person.
- Have students draw and label the motivational cycle around their character. For each of the stages of the motivational cycle, students will define the stage and discuss their character's behavior and emotions during that stage.
- Each group will explain their character's story and journey through the motivational cycle to the class.
- Discuss with the class the ways in which the characters' behavior, emotions, and motivations change as they move to each new level of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.
- Have each student identify themselves on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and draw their own personal motivational cycle.
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