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Why Some Earn More Money (BC)

Subject Area: English Language Arts

Links to the British Columbia English Language Arts Curriculum:
  • B2 – read fluently and demonstrate comprehension of grade appropriate information texts, with some specialized language and some complex ideas
  • B9 – read and view to improve and extend thinking, by analysing and evaluating ideas and information
  • C2 – write a variety of effective informational writing for a range of purposes and audiences that communicates ideas to inform or persuade, featuring
    • clearly developed ideas by using focused and useful supporting details, analysis, and explanations
Links to the New Learning Standards:
  • Apply appropriate strategies to comprehend written, oral, and visual texts, guide inquiry, and extend thinking
  • Use writing and design processes to plan, develop, and create engaging and meaningful literary and informational texts for a variety of purposes and audiences
Brief Overview of the Lesson:

After a brief class discussion about why some jobs are higher paying than others, the students will read an article called “Why Do Some People Make More Money Than Others?” Then they will complete a research assignment about possible future careers that they may be interested in pursuing.

Estimated Time Required for Implementation:

One to two class periods

Materials Needed:

Copies of the handout, internet access

Suggested Implementation Strategy:
  • Discuss with the class what kinds of jobs they think are high paying. Ask them to explain the reasons why they think these people earn more than other jobs.
  • Ask them what kinds of jobs are low paying and ask them why?
  • Tell the class that they will read an article called “Why Do Some People Make More Money Than Others?” Give each student a copy of the handout and tell them that after reading the text they will do the assignment at the bottom of the page.
  • Collect the assignments.
  • Assess the discussion.
  • Mark the assignments.
Possible Links to the Home Program:
  • Ages 14–16 -— Jobs in the Community
Extended Learning Opportunities:
  • The students could present their research finding to the class and lead a further discussion about possible careers.


Why Do Some People Make More Money Than Others?

There are many factors that affect how much a person is paid. Often people who make more have a higher education, they have a degree from a university or a college. In the past, doctors or lawyers were considered to be prime career choices to make a high wage. That is not true. Many very wealthy people are entrepreneurs. Plus, there are lots of people who learn a trade, such as an electrician or plumber, who earn six figure salaries. One key factor is to figure out what you are good at and find a profession that will pay you well to use your skills.

Other factors to consider are work ethics. Are you going to give your best to ensure quality work, and are you willing to learn new skills as they are needed? Employers expect people to be punctual. Will you be at work on time, be willing to do overtime if needed, or will you watch the clock and leave when the day ends.

Hard work does not guarantee a bigger wage, but it certainly helps! Employers value employees who stay on a task, and are adaptable and flexible. Also, employers like to hire people who have good people skills, you need to be able to work well with others and to be confident.

Getting a lucky break can also decide how much you make. You just might be in the right place at the right time. But most of the time, you make your own luck by working hard and developing good work habits.

Research Assignment
Now choose three professions that you think you might like to pursue in the future. Research on the internet what kind of skills and education is required for each one. Try to find out what the average starting salary is and what the potential earnings could be after several years on the job. See if you can find quotes from an interview with a person about their profession. What they like or dislike about the job, etc.