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Career Ready Lesson Plans for Grades 6–12

These lessons were designed to assist Students who are interested in non-four year college options after high school. Starting in middle school, the Career Ready lessons contain work and career elements that correspond with the student High School and Beyond Plan’s postsecondary options. Lessons around planning for the future with tools about financial literacy match with the other career guidance curriculum.

The Curriculum Map of lessons shows alignment, activities, and handouts.

Grades 6-9
Lesson Map

Lessons Theme Title Measure of Success Learning Modality
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Work and Career Elements

Jobs, Occupations, and Careers

• Explain the differences between jobs, occupations, careers

• Team hands-on exploration
• On-line access

2

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Work and Career Elements

Career Paths

• List key decision points that impact a satisfying, rewarding career path

• Game structure

3

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Work and Career Elements

Green Jobs

• List personal fields of interest where jobs and careers are growing in the future
• Describe what makes a job “green”
• Create a potential job or occupation that might be green in the future

• Partner online exploration of growing job opportunities and career fields
• Game simulating impact of growth and disappearance of jobs/careers

4

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Work and Career Elements

You Are the Employer!

• Apply key concepts on employee qualities, skills and behaviors to work situations appropriate for their age

• Simulated work settings/case studies

5

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Career and College Options

Career and Technical Options

• Explain key career and technical education terms and vocabulary
• Describe in a list form or discussion multiple CTE options that are available at their school and/or regional centers

 

6

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Career and College Options

School to Work and Career

• Develop a simple plan describing a potential career/technical education pathway

• Guided, individual development of a plan
• Presentation and discussion in small groups of like career interests

7

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High School and Beyond Plan

Mapping Your Future

• Develop an effective High School and Beyond plan that considers all options, including CTE

• PowerPoint, group research

8

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High School and Beyond Plan

Off-Track

• Apply information on off-track factors and analyze results of simulated transcripts

• Small group case study exploration based on transcript analysis

9

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Planning for the Future

College Doors

• Compare and contrast career and technical options and campuses

• Guided online exploration of college offerings across WA in the area of technical education, including apprenticeships, etc.

10

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Financial Literacy

Cost of College

• Develop a budget for the first year in college
• Explain why a budget is needed

• Hands-on—application of information

11

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Financial Literacy

Different Ways to Pay for College

• Identify the implications of the different kinds of financial aid

• Expansion of previous lesson— expanding to listing strategies for paying for college

Grades 9-10
Lesson Map

Lessons Theme Title Measure of Success Learning Modality
1

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Work and Career Components

Career Focus

• Students will be able to give a summary of their own career interest inventory

• Individual, guided online work
• Class or small group presentation

2

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Work and Career Components

How to Get Fired

• Students will be able to identify behaviors that cause someone to be fired

• Role Play

3

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Career and College Options

Common Core Standards–Becoming Work Ready

• Explain how they will be work ready and apply the Common Core Academic skills in multiple approaches to career and technical education

• Group work
• Carousel or career fair setting with representatives from different programs or examples from electronic media

4

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Career and College Options

Dual Credit Opportunities

• Identify or list dual credit equivalency opportunities within their own school system

• Case study analysis

5

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High School and Beyond Plan

Mapping Career and College Requirements

• Develop an effective High School and Beyond plan that considers all options, including CTE

• Independent work
• Class discussion

6

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Planning for the Future

Defining College and Career “Prep”

• Define “college preparation” in terms of the academic and personal knowledge and skills needed to be successful in all postsecondary options

• Guided online research and small group report

7

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Financial Literacy

Analyzing Earning Power

• Explain the cost of college versus the earning power of a variety of careers and occupations

• Team Work

8

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Financial Literacy

Dropping Out or Dropping In

• Describe how dropping out of high school or not taking the appropriate courses will impact their ability to access career interests and their life-long earning/buying power

• Simulation of earning and buying power comparison

Grades 11-12
Lesson Map

Lessons Theme Title Measure of Success Learning Modality
1

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Work and Career Elements

Refining Your Career Focus

• Relate the summary to career and technical pathways

• Individual, guided online work
• Class or small group presentation

2

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Career and College Options

Researching Employment Outlooks

• Describe their personal career choices based on current employment and labor statistics

• Partner/individual online guided research
• Class or small group presentation

3

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Career and College Options

Undocumented Student

• Undocumented students will be able to describe the career, technical and college options that are open to them

• Small group discussion with resource support
• Online, individual exploration

4

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Planning for the Future

Beyond the Graduation Check

• Analyze their transcripts with regard to credit and transition to postsecondary programs
• Explain how they need to adjust, expand, or change their present course selections or steps to be ready for graduation and college entrance requirements

• Compare and contrast between personal transcript and career/technical programs
• Game Structure

5

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Financial Literacy

FAFSA Process

• Explain what the FAFSA does and its importance to paying for college
• Describe the steps in the FAFSA completion process

• Game Structure

6

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Financial Literacy

Preparing to Complete a FAFSA

• Describe the FAFSA process and obtain a FAFSA PIN number

• Guided online work

7

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Financial Literacy

Accepting a Financial Aid Package

• Apply the basic constructs of a financial aid package to their own college situation

• Interactive presentation of the kinds of financial aid
• Small group work with case studies on real financial aid packages

 

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