Making the Most of your “We Succeed Because We Can” Poster

Teachers! We are so happy you have ordered your “We Succeed Because We Can” posters! Here are some great ideas of how to make the most of your poster in your classroom!

Heck, we even include the Common Core Standards the activities fit under!

Together, we CAN make a difference in the lives of youth everywhere!


Students actively engaged in a lesson about the Poster.

Lesson Plan Ideas and Suggestions

  1. Together as a class, pick a person from the poster. Create an ASL letter poem with that person’s name or occupation. Use qualities of good community helpers (honest, brave, hard worker, etc.) and what that person does. Have students pick a person and do one on their own, or in partners.
  2. In turn, have each student pick a person and keep it a secret. Play charades with each student acting out the career he or she chose. You can also have dress up clothes that are used in the different careers to do some creative play.
  3. After a lesson explaining the different jobs and careers, making sure that the students understand that ALL of the individuals are Deaf, have each student choose a career that he or she would like to research or become in the future. Give the students time to do research on that career and write about it. The writing assignment could be a simple essay or a fictional narrative that pictures himself or herself as the person he or she wants to be. Add to the activity by having each student do a presentation of their writing in ASL.
  4. This activity is done best with a small group. Discuss several careers and individuals on the poster with the students in ASL. Write questions about some of the individuals in English on the board and have students write the answers on their own. Allow the students to go to and look at the poster in order to answer the questions. Review some of the answers as a class in ASL. Example questions: Where does ______________ work? Find someone who was the first Deaf person in their career field. What does _____________ do?
  5. Create cards with the name of different careers and place one on the back of each student. Have the students play 20 questions to discover what career they have on their back. When they guess correctly, have them get another card until all the cards have been used. You could also use these cards to play a matching game where students find the matching word on the poster.
  6. Have the students imagine themselves all grown up. What job might they want? Is it a job that is on the cards or a different job? Have them draw a picture of themselves in their future career and share it with the class.
  7. Bring in a guest speaker, or go on a fieldtrip to visit a deaf adult at work. It could be someone in one of the careers on the cards or a different career. This could be a good opening activity for this unit as it would bring careers and working into reality.

CCSS Reading Standards for Literature K–5 (RL)

  1. RL-K.1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  2. RL-1.1: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  3. RL-2.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  4. RL-3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  5. RL-4.1: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  6. RL-5.1: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.