College and Career Readiness Teacher Resources
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Advanced 1: Picking the Right Search Terms
Many people, when searching online, will type in what they are looking for without much thought. But what's the next step, if they don't get the desired results? Careful selection of search terms. Your class can develop a sense for choosing appropriate search terms with the lesson here. The plan goes along with a provided presentation and video. It focuses on the difference between soft and firm terms as well as the deep web. Make sure you have Internet access so that class members have a chance to try out their queries and discover a topic for further research. An advanced lesson, pupils will need some background in search terms before completing these activities.
Advanced 5: Evaluating Credibility of Sources
How do discerning readers determine bias and credibility? Ask small groups to figure it out! First, each group is provided with either articles or videos that contain bias. They examine the resources, respond to included questions, and then share their findings with the class. After presenting, groups participate in a jigsaw activity for which they read and discuss articles about credibility and then share with a mixed group. Learners apply this new knowledge to their own research projects. What is credible and why? Included in the plan are several articles to read for bias and a long list of articles that pupils can read in their jigsaw groups.
Beginner 3: Narrowing a Search to Get the Best Results
Uncover new or more relevant information with the filtering tools in the top navigation bar. First, show your class the tools and demonstrate how to use a few. Next, give class members some time to apply what they have learned. They can work individually or with others to create a guide that describes how to use filters with examples. After they have mastered filters, introduce your pupils to operators, symbols or words that a search site recognizes to narrow a search in a specific way. Learners can practice and add their new knowledge to their guide, or complete one of the other suggested assessments.
New! Reading an Informational Text: "It All Started with Sputnik"
Sputnik was one of the greatest scientific advancements of the 1950s, and this reading activity does it justice. Pupils start off with pre-reading questions and a video. They then read an excerpt from an article, which is accompanied by vocabulary, short-answer questions, and other close reading tasks. Small groups work on the questions together and all pupils must decide on the author's purpose. Also included is a set of writing assignment suggestions, which could use more detail.
Have your class doing everything from reading literature, analyzing literary devices, identifying independent and dependent clauses, discussing, and writing creatively with the rich resource found here. After a mini activity on independent and dependent clauses, your class will read, annotate, and answers questions on two different short stories by O. Henry: After Twenty Years and The Last Leaf. There is also an activity on optical illusions that explore similar themes without the language demands of a text. As a final task, get your class writing creatively with three potential writing prompts. Note: While many skills are practiced here, grammar in-context is the main focus.
Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business?
Learners discuss the motivation behind owning your own business. They plan a course of action to research the pros and cons of owning a business and then share their information with the rest of the class as a follow up activity.
Seventh graders are assigned to research the roles and responsibilities of technical personnel in drama/theatre, film/video, or broadcast media. Roles included are costume designer, makeup designer, properties master/mistress and choreographer.
Becoming A Career Detective (Part 2)
Third graders review and expand their discussion of job training and education resources. They work in small groups to find information about the types of training people need to do specific jobs and use data from interviews carried out in a previous lesson. Finally, they complete a class book made from Interview Summary.
Middle schoolers participate in a layered curriculum unit about careers. The activities are varied and include the following: Using the Internet, research the career you've chosen to find out the job responsibilities, salary range, and education you will need. The teacher will provide you with a chart on which to list your data. Present your findings to the teacher.
Students apply their knowledge of "I Values " and have mastered the use of the "Decision Making Model," they are ready to study case studies. They use case studies use to figure out punnet squares, and family traits.
Maajor Project: Public Health Visitor.
Students identify current public health issues and interview professionals in health careers as the conclusion to the semester. During this nine-week unit, they investigate waterborne diseases, pathogens, vaccines, and related public health issues.
Understanding First Jobs
Eighth graders consider what it takes to get through the interview process by conducting one. They create interview questions to use as they dig for the truth about first jobs and they interview each other. After the interviews they get into small groups to compare notes. Consider having learners interview an adult as homework.
Our Family and Other Families: Using Totoro to Teach Family Structure
What do families around the world have in common? Explore this theme through the popular animated film My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Mikazaki. Over the course of two days, pupils view the film, pausing to discuss their own families and the family relationships they observe in the movie. Close the activity by asking class members to compose poems about families.
Speech in the Virginia Convention
“. . .different men often see the same subject in different lights. . .” but the great orator Patrick Henry used all the skills at his command to craft a speech to convince listeners to see things as he did--that liberty was worth dying for. Show your class members how to analyze this famous speech. A list of questions asks them to examine Henry’s diction, syntax, figurative language, and imagery. In addition, they look at the rhetorical devices, cadence, and theme. Consider having groups examine several aspects of the speech and report their findings to the whole class. For independent practice, individuals then examine the speeches of other famous orators.
Creating Oral Presentations II
If you are new to digital media and are considering assigning presentations to your young orators, check out the step-by-step directions presented here. Follow the provided script to guide your class in the use of presentation software.
Lessons Learned: Creating a Life Reports Project
Class members engage in a Life Reports Project by interviewing older family or community members about lessons they have learned from life. Warm-up exercises, extensions, and related activities are detailed, and links to New York Times articles are included.
Tennessee's Presidents: Andrew Jackson
Learn about the life, career, and policies established by President Andrew Jackson. Young historians can easily follow along with this resource or read about Jackson at an independent work station. Biographical information includes major battles, military and political career, as well as policies such as the Indian Removal Act.
What Is the Future Job Outlook For Me?
Students use the internet to research the job outlook for the current year. Using the information, they take notes and answer discussion questions. They choose a job they are interested in and share the results with the class to discuss how different industries are affected.
The “I” Novels in the Context of Early 20th-Century Japan
Although this lesson plan covers the rather obscure topic of the Japanese "I-novel", it also includes a great deal of historical information and material for an in-depth discussion of universal literary concepts. Specifically, young readers are asked to consider the role of personal experience in literature and how it can be used to comment on human existence and social life. Coupled with the reading of an "I-novel", the lesson could be part of an advance narrative writing unit.
Dead Poets Society: Socratic Seminar Discussion
Peter Weir's classic film, Dead Poet's Society, provides the text for a socratic discussion of the wisdom of the "Carpe Diem" philosophy. After viewing and discussing the film, individuals select one poem mentioned in the film and develop a presentation about the poet, his works, and one specific poem.