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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.
Advice on essential skills for college from a homeschooled, public school teacher.
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. 
Help your future college graduates prepare for higher education with this series of lessons. High schoolers complete research projects about the colleges they would like to attend, and create PowerPoint presentations about their careers of choice. This unit would be a great way to help juniors and seniors with college applications, or to help younger students learn about their options.
High school kids get thinking about college by creating e-portfolios. They conduct Internet research on a specific career, take a self-assessment, and relate their interests/strengths to the career they've chosen. 
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.
Here's a real life research project that should get those upper graders excited! They conduct research into everything they'll need to know before moving out on their own. They compare university tuition, housing, textbooks, living arrangements, leases, credit card offers, and financial aid packages. This lesson plan is top-notch, and it offers essay tips, financial aid links, and motivational speech links.
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.
High school Freshmen discuss what they can do now to prepare for a college. They take an interest survey, identify possible career opportunities, then compare these to their results from the Jung Typology Test. They review college entrance exams, develop a career plan, customize a college roadmap, and create a college portfolio. All necessary links are included.
Students explore careers. In this career path instructional activity, groups of students explore different careers. They create a presentation for the class. Peers evaluate each presentation using electronic collection devices. Afterward, they identify careers they may wish to pursue.
Get your scholars ready for the workplace! This is a comprehensive plan that will really prompt a big picture approach to career planning. Learners consider whether or not school is a real job, and how well it prepares them for the professional world. They fill out a survey assessing skill sets they are proficient in and still need to work on. The link to the survey includes many more fantastic resources and extension ideas! Learners break into groups to evaluate the importance of discrete skill sections, orally presenting their conclusions. There is a worksheet to synthesize their findings. Consider assigning a job shadow afterwards!
Using three different graphic organizers, learners create a road map describing how they'll meet their future career goals. They research the career they are interested in, then use their findings to construct a time line, road map, and concrete plan to making their career dreams a reality.
What are your high school students interested in? This college and career readiness resource gives them a chance to consider their choices based on interest. The CHOICES Planner link takes kids to a home page where they must create an account. This is a free site and well worth your time. However, because this is from the Florida Department of Education, all the schools listed are in Florida. Pupils answer 50 questions on this interactive site to see which career clusters most suit them. Groups brainstorm careers within each cluster and later use the site to research more job options.
What do you want to be? What colleges will prepare you for this career path? What are the admission requirements for these institutions? Prepare college-bound learners for the admissions process with a series of activities that ask individuals to research careers, as well as college admission factors, standards, and requirements. The packet includes a college selection questionnaire and links to the College Board site.
It's not enough just to tell kids they should go to college, they need to know how to make it possible. Discuss a set of scenarios to help learners better understand what their financial aid options are, and how to determine which is best for them. A wonderful real-life instructional activity that could help learners get what they need in order to continue their education.
Most upper graders don't realize that when they choose to attend college, they're benefiting the whole community. Invite them to explore how they, as educated individuals, can contribute to their family, community, and global society. Several great worksheets are included with this very positive lesson.
Twelfth graders answer the question what is next for them and identify how life is going to be different after high school. As a class, they share their life experiences in elementary and middle school and then predict how it might be different in the future. To end the lesson, they discover that the transition from high school to college is compareable to other transitions they have already experienced.
Students explore different careers in science. In this science career lesson, students examine how Western and non Western approaches complement each other in science. Students conduct interviews and have class discussions about their own interests in a science career.
Upper graders prepare for life in the real world with an in-depth discussion about what skills are required to succeed at school and in the workplace. They break into groups, each group focuses on one skill, then the class gets together to discuss career clusters and skill transference. 
Build content literacy and cater to the Common Core State Standards by creating text-dependent questions to accompany reading passages.

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