Interactive Teacher Guides
"The Work Day That Wouldn't Die"
In 1983, workers won the right to an eight-hour day.
But the new economy is rapidly rewriting the rules. Discuss and test the benefits of a 30/40 work plan,
address the occupational hazards of working long hours, or write a persuasive proposal arguing for an
arrangement in which the workers have greater control over their jobs.
It's a 24-7 world, and more Americans are working
non-traditional hours--including the night shift. Research what kinds of problems can occur from
lack of sleep and summarize your findings in the form of an oral report or visual display.
"Carpool to Nirvana"
Discuss what factors seem to result in a pleasant
working environment. Use your data-gathering skills to develop a composite picture of your class's
commute experiences. Create a cause-effect chart to discuss the effects of work and family health.
Off the Old Block"
What is it that gets us up, out the door, and to work in the
morning? Livelyhood looks at the American work ethic: where we get
it, how we pass it on, and who we need to help us along the way.
How has the economic character of your community changed
over the years? Take a look at your community. What are some visible indicators of its economic health?
List these. Then do some behind-the-scenes research to get a clearer picture of your town's overall health.
Imagine you have become a manager of a large organization.
It's up to you to set rules for permitted or non-permitted absences, sick leave, vacation, unpaid leave,
telecommuting, and flexible schedules. For each rule you set, be prepared to explain why it is fair and
how it will contribute to productivity.
Find out how you can use the Internet to locate a job or
company that's just right for you or interview an employee or manager about risks involved in their
work, and measures that have been taken to reduce the risks. Prepare a chart to summarize the
information you gather.
And That's Not All:
There's more to come! Stay tuned to this site, as we'll be offering
more viewing guides and activities for other previous Livelyhood
shows in the coming months.