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Does Your Vote Count? The Electoral College Explained
What exactly is the electoral college and how does it operate in a presidential election? While this can seem confusing to young citizens, help demystify this body of individuals who are designated to formally elect the president and vice president of the United States. The resource explains other noteworthy points of an election process, including the distribution of electors based on population, the number of electoral votes necessary for winning an election, and such vocabulary as safe vs. swing states.
How to Make a College Plan
Log on and create learner accounts on the Big Future website, then let the lesson begin! Pupils log onto the website to explore college options. They use the tools provided to create a step-by-step college plan. This will help relieve pre-college jitters while making a college education more accessible.
Do College Rankings Matter?
How do you know which college is for you? Upper graders consider multiple factors about the college application process, the college system, and how colleges are ranked. They read a New York Times article on the subject then compose blog responses to the four included prompts.
Getting Personal: Writing College Essays for the Common Application
Develop an understanding of the open-ended questions that are a part of the college Common Application. Future college learners collaborate, discuss prompts acquired from the application, and philosophize on their plan of attack for the application essays. The plan leaves room for writing practice and reflection. Modification can be made to the subject to include creative writing prompts or expository topics. Links are included for the essay prompts.
College or Bust?
Based on a New York Times article, "The College Drop-Out Boom," participants in a fishbowl discussion formulate and express opinions about the correlation between level of education, career options, and economic mobility. Ample procedural details and discussion questions are provided in this resource from the Learning Network. The link to a follow-up article recommended for homework isn't functional; use our link or search the article title on the Times site to find it.
Giving It the Old College Try
Students discuss opinions they have about entering college. Reading an article on advice from parents, they discuss what their own parents are telling them. They role-play different conflict resolution scenerios. They also write a reflection paper on the exercises.
Students begin process of selecting suitable colleges by exploring colleges in foreign countries and reflecting on a possible future life far from their native countries. They rank various criteria for selecting colleges, discuss rewards and obstacles facing Afghani women attending American colleges, and compare several foreign colleges and universities.
College Costs are on the Rise
Students examine college costs in different states. In this college cost instructional activity, students create a table and determine the average cost of college for the states listed. They organize the data into measurement categories. Students create a histogram, analyze the data, and explain the graph.
Helping Homeschoolers Be College-Ready
Advice on essential skills for college from a homeschooled, public school teacher.
Kids 2 College: College Visit Planning Guide
With questionnaires, check lists, and supplemental activities, this guide has it all. Intended to expose high schoolers to the wonders of college life, teachers are prompted to have learners visit a college campus. And, this 20-page visiting guide will make it easy.
Funding Your College Education
Most of the kids in your senior class really want to go to college, but some of them have no idea of how they're going to pay for it. Cover the basics regarding college funding. Information includes types of college options, types of funding options, scholarships, FAFSA, grants and loans. An excellent source of information for any young adult ready to move on to higher education.
College or Bust
Choosing which college or university to attend after high school is a huge decision. Prepare your upper classmen with a research-based lesson which has them comparing various educational options. There are four unique activities for comparing colleges, tuition, ranking, and considering a potential major. A wonderful set of activities sure to prepare your young adults for college life.
Let your pupils judge whether or not the Electoral College should be eliminated. They can develop their opinions with the materials provided and activity described here. First, split your class into three groups: pro, con, and judge. After they complete research within these groups, they will move to groups of three with evenly distributed roles. A debate follows. To reflect on the activity, class members compose an essay to be graded with an advanced placement rubric.
How to Build a College List
Getting ready to choose a college can start with the simple task of making a list. Upper graders reasearch colleges, choose one to research, then compile a list of schools that they think they'd most like to attend.
Preparing for College: A Guide for Families
You don't come across resources like this one very often. It is a tool for you to use with parents and guardians of learners in grades 6-12. It provides a complete outline for a 27-slide presentation geared at helping guardians coach their children in preparing for college. It's a great resource which can be used at a back to school night or family night.
The Life and Times of a First Generation College Student
What is it like to be the first person in your family to attend a four-year college? Learners interview a first-generation college student and write a biographical essay. They read a case study, develop interview questions, conduct an interview, then use gathered information to write their papers.
Interview a College Graduate
What better way to work on research skills while gaining an understanding of college life, than conducting an interview? High Schoolers interview a college graduate, document their findings, and use the information to write an essay on the topic of college life.
What Type of Students do Colleges Want?
What do college admissions teams look at when deciding who get's in and who doesn't? The class considers the types of classroom and extra curricular activities they participate in and how those might improve their chances at getting into a good school. They make a plan to make their admissions packets look great.
Virtual College Scavenger Hunt
It's always great to take learners to a real college campus for a visit. However, that's not always possible given time and money constraints. Take them on a virtual tour instead. Pupils discuss the four types of colleges they will encounter, then visit websites that offer virtual college tours. They use a worksheet to collect data as they investigate each site.
College Mascot Bingo
Getting kids excited about going to college is a great way to make them understand the importance of a secondary education. Using the provided cards, kids play a game of college mascot Bingo. They match each college to its mascot. They discuss the fact that researching college is important because there are so many to choose from. What a fun exercise!