|Subject Area||English Language Arts/Reading|
|Week #||Q1 - Week 5|
|Unit of Instruction||Argumentative Text, Sentence Structures, & Grammar Check|
– Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
|Learning Targets and Learning Criteria|
Students will demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar.
Monday, September 10 – Collections: Why Exploring the Ocean is Mankind’s Next Giant Leap by Philippe Cousteau
Friday, September 14 – Reading & Quiz: Steve Jobs’ Stanford University Commencement Speech
Famous Speeches: Steve Jobs’ Stanford University Commencement Speech
Editor’s Note: Steve Jobs (1955–2011) was a successful businessman, inventor and designer. Jobs was the co-founder and leader of Apple, and a pioneer of the personal computer revolution. Later, he launched the iPhone and iPad. In 2005, Jobs spoke to graduating students at Stanford University in California. He oﬀered them advice on how to lead a successful life.
“I Decided To Drop Out And Trust That It Would All Work Out”
I am honored to be with you today as you graduate from one of the ﬁnest universities in the world. I never graduated from college — in fact, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation.
I dropped out of Reed College after the ﬁrst six months, but then stayed around for another 18 months sitting in on classes before I really quit. So why did I drop out? I had picked a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my parents’ savings were being spent on paying for it. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me ﬁgure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting. Much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity turned out to be priceless later on.
Let me give you one example: “You Have To Trust Your Own Feelings And Hunches” Reed College at that time oﬀered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Essentially, calligraphy is the art of making beautiful, decorative handwritten lettering. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class. I learned about diﬀerent typefaces and about what makes great typography and fonts great. None of this seemed like it could possibly have any practical use in my life. But 10 years later, when we were designing the ﬁrst Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac, which became the ﬁrst computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never so many attractive typefaces. At the same I decided to sit in on that calligraphy class I had no idea where it would lead. Yet it proved to be very important to the future direction of my life. I’ve learned that you have to trust your own feelings and hunches. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the diﬀerence in my life. I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Steve Wozniak and I started Apple in my parents’ garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4,000 employees. And then I got ﬁred from my own company. Suddenly, what had been the purpose of my entire adult life was gone, and it was shattering.
“If You Have Not Discovered What You Love Most Yet, Keep Looking”
At ﬁrst I wasn’t sure what to do, but I realized that I loved the kind of work I had been doing. I decided there was no good reason to stop. During the next ﬁve years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar made the world’s ﬁrst computer-animated feature ﬁlm, Toy Story. It is now the most successful animation studio in the world. Then in a remarkable turn of events, Apple ended up buying NeXT. I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current rebirth. I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been ﬁred from Apple. And I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going after I got ﬁred was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to ﬁnd work that you love, because work is going to ﬁll a large part of your life. If you have not discovered what you love most yet, keep looking — don’t settle for anything less.
“Try To Become What You Truly Want To Become”
The most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life is remembering that life is short. Pride, fear of what other people think and fear of failure all suddenly seem unimportant in the face of death. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to conquer the fear of taking a chance. About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had the operation and I’m ﬁne now. This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Your time on Earth is limited, so have the courage to follow your heart. Try to become what you truly want to become — nothing else is as important.