|Unit One: Mentors
- define mentor.
- determine who their mentors are.
- learn who Dr. Jane’s mentors were.
- read about famous mentor pairs and relationships.
- label tree roots with mentor names.
- research ways to find a new mentor and develop a relationship.
- listen to Dr. jane read a story about mentors.
- journal about whether they need a mentor and how to develop a relationship with him/her.
||Dr. Jane’s Lesson
|Dr. Jane had several influential people
who helped guide her through life. Some mentor relationships
she kept most of her life, one proved to be challenging, and
another mentor wasn’t even a human. Students learn how
she developed her mentor relationships and see who these mentors
were by viewing Dr. Jane’
- One 40-minute session and one optional, in class or out
of class activity
- Student trees
- Dr. Jane’s tree
||Connecting to the Content
Everyone needs another to help guide them at some point in
their lives. Mentors are invaluable for what they can teach
us, whether we know we are learning from them or not. Students
can reflect on the people in their lives who fill the role
of mentor. They can then continue to build their trees by
adding their mentors to their tree roots.
- Direct the class to Merriam-Webster’s
Online Dictionary to find the definition of mentor.
Draw students’ attention to the word’s etymology
and first definition – from the Greek word, “Mentor,”
a friend of Odysseus entrusted with the education of Odysseus’
- Have students take the first
- Have them take the second
quiz and compare which quiz was easier.
- Ask students to read the mentor section of Dr.
- Direct students to the Mentor
Hall of Fame to learn about famous mentor pairs. Then
have them read stories of mentoring
- Ask the class to add their mentors to their tree roots.
- For an optional in-class or out-of-class activity, have
students learn how to find a new
mentor, the tips
for success, and what to expect
from a mentor.
- Ask students to listen to Dr. Jane tell the story of the
Eagle and the Wren.
Have students complete their journal entries by asking them
to describe one of the following:
- A time when they were a mentor
- A time when they were mentored
- How they would express their interests to a potential
- Whether or not they need a mentor to achieve their
- demonstrate the meaning of the word mentor.
- compare their answers to two quizzes. Was one easier to
- show their knowledge of famous mentor pairs. Were there
any interesting relationships?
- communicate how their mentors have already helped shape
- share their experiences in a previous or current mentor
relationship or reflect on whether they will need a mentor
to achieve their dreams and how they would develop such
|Students may be interested in learning
about the influential people in another famous person’s
life and how the person’s life was shaped by these mentors.
- Anthropologist – One who studies
human beings in relation to distribution, origin, classification,
and relationship of races, physical character, environmental
and social relations, and culture.
- Mentor – A trusted counselor or
- Paleontologist - A science dealing with
the life of past geological periods as known from fossil