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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.
Log on and create learner accounts on the Big Future website, then let the instructional activity 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.
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.
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.
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.
Learners 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.
Learners examine college costs in different states. In this college cost lesson, students create a table and determine the average cost of college for the states listed. They organize the data into measurement categories. Learners create a histogram, analyze the data, and explain the graph.
Advice on essential skills for college from a homeschooled, public school teacher.
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.
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.
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.
Students extend their ideas about the college application process. They write an informative, persuasive letter about themselves to a college admissions counselor that could be used as a 'cover letter' to college applications.
Students investigate what they need to meet their future academic goals, then investigate the college admissions process by preparing materials for a mock college fair.
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.
Young scholars analyze and debate the pros and cons of the Electoral College system.
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.
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.
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.