ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Counseling and Guidance (K - 12)
Title: Virtual Tours of Colleges and Careers
Description: This resourceful lesson will introduce students to a website where they can take "tours" of colleges and careers. The counselor/facilitator will show students how to locate the website and maneuver through it to find useful information. Students will learn how to compare and contrast various colleges and careers to determine which characteristics match their interests, goals and abilities.
This lesson can be repeated on a regular basis to demonstrate to students the importance of keeping the future in the forefront as decisions in high school are made. Such decisions include course selections, summer plans (i.e. internships, job shadowing, summer job, travel, summer reading/study) and goal-setting. As students continue to view virtual tours and learn more about colleges and careers, they can add the information to a spreadsheet as a way to compare and contrast.
Subject: Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Look To the Future
Description: This lesson is designed to encourage self-analysis of interests and skills as related to occupations, and to encourage future thought about a career identity or role. This lesson will allow students to organize career information to create a slideshow presentation that includes a scanned image of a drawing as they might see themselves in a future occupation. Students will also have the opportunity to create a newsletter help-wanted ads section using desktop publishing software to encourage exploration of various occupations.
Subject: Counseling and Guidance (K - 12)
Title: My Favorite Job
Description: This lesson is designed to encourage student participation in discussions of careers without consideration of gender. At this grade level students should be encouraged to express their perception of job characteristics without consideration of "man" jobs and "woman" jobs.
The Ferguson Career Guidance Center
This podcast was created as a tutorial on using the Ferguson Career Guidance Center. The Ferguson Career Guidance Center can be accessed through the Alabama Virtual Library website. The Ferguson Center provides information on job profiles, job hunting techniques, college planning and financial aid. The Ferguson Center also provides an interest assessment which will match a person's interests to careers and industries.
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.
Guide to the College Admission Process
This informational booklet from the National Association of College Admission Counselors presents a comprehensive look at the college admission process from preparations for application and application construction to acceptance/rejection letter receipt.
How To Recruit Colleges: The Arts Applicant’s Role as a College Recruiter
For a student of the arts with a distinct, identity-based talent, the college application process can be more of a college recruitment process. This resource discusses the specialized application criteria often required of young artists such as portfolios or auditions. Also suggests investigative questions to ask regarding job placement in various arts careers.
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.
Website includes information on career planning. The information includes career planning, resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and more.
College Comparison Worksheet
This graphic organizer will help students to directly compare qualities and characteristics of three colleges and universities, thus enabling them to distinguish important similarities and differences.