Title: Virtual Tours of Colleges and Careers
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.
Standard(s): [CG1] (0-12) 66: C:B2.5 - maintain a career-planning portfolio
Title: Career Discovery: Preparing a Resume
As part of a career discovery unit, middle school students examine the need to prepare a resume and the potential consequences of giving false information in a resume. Using an online resume wizard designed for middle schoolers, students prepare their first resume. This lesson can be broken into three smaller 30-minute lessons (Step 1, Steps 2-5, and Steps 6-7).
Standard(s): [TC2] (6-8) 6: Select specific digital tools for completing curriculum-related tasks.
Title: Look To the Future
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.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (4) 27: With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting. [W.4.6]
Title: My Favorite Job
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.
Standard(s): [CG1] (0-12) 95: PS:A2.6 - use effective communications skills