This lesson is designed as a Career Readiness/Social Studies unit for 6th to 8th graders. It is easily adaptable to upper elementary grades. Students look at the career of graphic design and take on learning roles to produce greeting cards. Students work collaboratively using a paint program. The driving question for this activity is: What do graphic designers do?

Student Outcomes

After completing this activity on graphic design, students will be able to:



Each group needs:





  1. Arrange students in groups of four.
  2. Pose the driving question: "What would it be like to be a graphic designer?"
  3. Elicit responses from students.
  4. Review with students the jobs for each member of the group. Instruct students to choose jobs.
  5. Hand out and discuss activity requirements.
  6. Distribute Stay On Track assessment rubrics. Discuss with students.
  7. Spend a few minutes with each group to answer questions and check progress.


Each group will present its completed graphic to the class and effectively explain:

Downloading & Printing Files

These pages can be downloaded to your computer as files. Files can then be opened and printed. You can choose either Microsoft Word format or Portable Document Format.

Microsoft Word (.doc)

Card Factory

Files in this format can be read, printed or edited using Microsoft Word.

Acrobat Reader (.pdf)

Card Factory

Files in the .pdf format can be read or printed, but not edited using Acrobat Reader. Acrobat Reader is a free software. You can download it from the Adobe site.


Students will be assessed based on their performance as a group. A rubric will be used to assess each step of the activity process.


NM Content Standards