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Elephants, Tigers, and Gamecocks... Oh my! Where will you go to college?

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Author:Charissa Lambert
System: Calhoun County
School: Ohatchee High School
The event this resource created for:CCRS
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 33138


Elephants, Tigers, and Gamecocks... Oh my! Where will you go to college?


Students will research various colleges of their choosing in order to best prepare for post-secondary endeavors.  The research will be conducted using a handout with specific questions for students to answer about each college. Students will present findings in a Microsoft Publisher brochure. 

This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
25 ) Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question, including a self-generated question, or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. [W.11-12.7]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
26 ) Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation. [W.11-12.8]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.12.26- Conduct research using two sources and create a product.

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
33 ) Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest. [SL.11-12.5]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will be able to:

-locate pertinent information on post-secondary institutions.

-compare post-secondary institutions in order to determine which best suits their needs.

-publish their findings in a Publisher document.


Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

Greater than 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

writing tools, college research handout

Technology Resources Needed:

computer(s) with Internet access, Microsoft Publisher, PowerPoint, digital projector


Students need to be familiar with Microsoft Publisher in order to complete the brochure at the end of the project.  However, students can complete the research without that aspect of the plan if Publisher is not available at your school. 



1.)  At the beginning of class, the teacher will engage students in discussion asking these questions:

1.) What is the difference between a university and a community college? 

2.) What are examples of some in-state colleges and out-of-state colleges? 

3.) What is the difference between an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree? 

4.) What are some of the most important details you should consider when choosing the post-secondary institution for you?

Some of these questions can be answered in class discussion, while others might require students to do a few minutes of research.  Teachers might want to allow students to use their electronic devices for several of these questions and return to whole class discussion to share their findings. 

2.) After class discussion, students will be given the college research handout.  This handout can be provided as a hardcopy or students can be given a digital copy.  Teachers can decide how the project best suits their students.  Requirements can range from having to research one to five different colleges.  Teachers can decide the timeline for the project depending on the requirements assigned.  Some specific requirements that could be assigned are:

a.) Research must contain at least one university.

b.) Research must contain at least one community college.

c.) Research must contain at least one out-of-state college.

d.) Research must contain at least one in-state college.

3.)  After the students finish the research, they will be required to construct a brochure in Microsoft Publisher that advertises the college they would like to attend based upon their research.  Requirements for the brochure should include: name of school, location, size, website, organization to which student would want to belong, what drew student to that school, out-of-state or in-state, tuition, desired degree, and other information as determined by the teacher. 

4.)  Teacher can decide the preferred method of publishing.  Students could turn in the project to classroom Edmodo site or could present their brochure to the class in an oral presentation.  This will be dependent on the teacher's preference and capabilities. 

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Assessment Strategies

Teachers should employ formative assessments while students are researching as it will take several class sessions.  These can include exit slips that require students to address interesting details they discovered that day. 

Summative assessment of college brochure. 


Students may construct a short PowerPoint to accompany their brochure to share with the class that illustrates the benefits of the college they have the desire to attend. 


Students requiring extra assistance, may have the research questions modified.  Also, instead of a brochure students could construct a collage of the college of their choosing. 

View the Special Education resources for instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.