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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.
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.
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.
Students watch a varietry of films showing college life. In groups, they take different scenerios from the films and determine how they would have reacted. As a class, they discuss more in depth the issues they might face in college. To end the lesson, they research the life and works of Spike Lee and John Singleton.
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. 
For some of our students, college is right around the corner. Provide a bit of thoughtful information to help them (and their families) decide if dorm life is right for them. Included here are a list of pros and cons for living both on and off campus, as well as a break down of typical monthly living expenses to use for comparison.  After seeing those figures dormitory life might start to look a little more appealing!
This New York Times "Learning Network" activity poses 11 questions on an article and video about commercial branding and marketing on college campuses. The related article, "On the Market: Thinking Critically About Advertising", is available through a link to The New York Time website. This topic may be engaging for high schoolers and serve as a formative assessment on reading comprehension of informational text.
Class members examine a series of primary and secondary source materials to try and ascertain the role films played in forming “a new generation of youth after World War I.” Individuals are assigned one of three documents to examine, form expert groups to share their findings, and then participate in jigsaw discussions. The documents, part of the packet, include a plot summary for The Jazz Singer, an excerpt from Herbert Blumer’s, Movies and Conduct, and a commentary about the film Are Parents People? Individuals craft a reflective essay to conclude the exercise. The 2001 Frontline program Merchants of Cool and the accompanying materials provided by PBS would provide a great extension to the exercises in this resource.  
Each day, people throw currency away in different ways because of a lack of financial knowledge. Introduce your learners to the importance of financial literacy and assess their understanding of banking and personal finance.
Can different personal experiences affect our genes? Find out in an intriguing case study about one twin who is diagnosed with mental illness and her identical twin who fears she may suffer the same fate. Designed for college-level biology or genetics, the first few pages could definitely be used in a regular high school biology class while examining heredity. An AP class could delve even deeper into the DNA aspect of the lesson plan, making the activity one that could be easily differentiated. There are references in the teacher notes to an answer key, but it is pasword protected; it should not, however, prevent you from being able to use the case study and accompanying activities in your classroom.
Students identify and define the various types of credit cards and credit card offers. In this credit cards lesson, students identify the pros and cons of managing a credit card account. Students locate information on the Federal Reserves Web site and use the information to answer the worksheet included. Students also compare and contrast various credit cards and decide which card would be the best for them.
Investigate the current financial market and have your class explore savings, borrowing, financial markets, mutual funds, and the stock market. This four-part lesson is designed to help students become knowledgeable and informed consumers.
The Common Core: filling in the gaps and preparing for life beyond college
Twelfth graders identify and define in writing, various economic terms by conducting a Web search. For this macroeconomics lesson, 12th graders explain the development process and purpose of the Federal Reserve's Beige Book by conducting a search and completing a question sheet. Students also list and describe the significant of major economic sectors outlined in the Beige Book.
A thorough commentary on blood type is presented in this handout. Antigens and antibodies are defined. Punnett squares and a pedigree chart help to clarify. Human biology or genetics learners then apply their knowledge to two situations: two newborn baby girls being possibly switched in the hospital and a crime scene investigation. This is an engaging activity that ends with a lab activity simulating the blood typing and identification of the perpetrator.
Suggestions for making your next field trip successful, rather than stressful.
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.
Young scholars create a scrapbook of college student life during the 1960's using digital archives and Internet research. They read and discuss the article "What's the Matter With College?" and then compare college experience of today with that of the 1960's.
Students investigate why it's important to be honest and make good choices. In this character instructional activity, students dicuss what a child should do if they find money that does not belong to them. Students make a bulletin board of masks that show the feelings and emotions of the character.
Students access prior knowledge of vocabulary associated with racial prejudice.  In this racial prejudice lesson, students read and then discuss questions about prejudice. Students create a memorial plaque showing how they want to be remembered.

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