ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Counseling and Guidance (K - 12)
Title: Common App - Planning to Apply for College Admission
Description: This lesson is designed for high school students who are planning to apply for college admission. Particularly useful for freshmen and sophomores, viewing the Common App early in high school will help students know how to prepare to complete a college application as a senior. The Common App is a college application a student can complete and send to numerous colleges simultaneously. Examining the Common App will help students become aware of the importance of maintaining a solid GPA and class rank, performing well on standardized admission exams, and getting involved in extracurricular activities.
The ABCs of Writing a Great College Application Essay
In a podcast intended for high school students and their families, two experts discuss how to write a great college application essay.
Campus Visit Checklist
Not everything you need to know about a college or university campus is included on the PR tour. This checklist provides a list of formal and informal activities that students' may use to gain a realistic view of the campus culture.
Getting Great Recommendations
This resource gives advice on how to select teachers from whom a letter of recommendation for college admission committees should be requested. Tips for reminding teachers of your qualities and activities are detailed.
Parts of a College Application
This resource details the parts of a typical college application, the information required for each part, and who is responsible for supplying the data for each part.
Preparing for College: Senior Checklist
This resource suggests a senior-year timeline for college-preparation tasks.
My Future, My Way: First Steps Toward College
This workbook, produced by the U.S. Department of Education Federal Financial Aid, provides introductory information for middle and junior high school students regarding education beyond high school and how to finance it.
Choosing a Vocational School
This resource developed by the Federal Trade Commission offers advice for selecting a reputable vocational school for learning a trade or skilled vocation.
Diploma Mills: Degrees of Deception
In this resource from the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information Division, diploma mills are defined and warning signs of unaccredited programs delineated.