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My Dreams, My Story, My Voice: Supplemental Lessons to Navigation 101

My Dreams, My Story, My Voice was designed to help schools increase a student’s sense of self-advocacy as a predictor of student success. The 32 lessons/workshops intentionally create a safe environment for students in which they can explore why they need to go to college, “name” the unique challenges they face, and identify the assets they bring to the college exploration process. The materials provide a sequence chart helping facilitators see where these lessons fit with the Navigation 101, Career Guidance in Washington, and Sparking the Future lessons.

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


Grades 7-9
Curriculum Map

 

Lessons Theme Title Measures of Success
Students will be able to:
Student Product Presentation Notes
1

Introduction: College Dreams

Why I Want to Go to College
(Spanish)

• Identify the reasons other first generation students want to go to college
• Articulate some of the reasons they want to go to college

Student worksheet

Video Support Required

2

Introduction: Power of Stories

Role Models

• Articulate the importance of role models, especially those that exemplify positive characteristics

Class definition and chart of positive leadership qualities

Video Support Required

3

Academic Behaviors

Time Management
(Spanish)

• Analyze their personal use of time
• Create a simple plan to improve their time management

Student worksheet and time plan

Student self-assessment

4

Academic Behaviors

Asking for Help
(Spanish)

• Determine truth from myths in asking for help

Student Worksheet

Student self-assessment

5

Contextual Awareness and Skills

Identifying Leadership Traits

• Define leadership in their own words
• Describe personal leadership skills

Class list of positive leadership traits

Student self-assessment

6

Contextual Awareness and Skills

High School and Effective Listening
(Spanish)

• Apply effective listening skills

New Listening responses for challenging situations

Skill Practice

 

Grades 9-10
Curriculum Map

 

Lessons Theme Title Measures of Success
Students will be able to:
Student Product Presentation Notes
1

Introduction: College Dreams

Hear Us Out
(Spanish)

• Assess motivators, barriers, and questions that often exist for first generation students
• Self-assess the questions they have about their own motivators and barriers

Student worksheet

Video Support

Student self-assessment

2

Introduction: Power of Stories

Role Models

• Identify people who are role models from their own culture

Student worksheet

Class project

3

Aspirations

Being College Worthy

• Define characteristics of “college worthy”
• Identify “college worthy” characteristics in self

• Class definitions of “college worthy”
• Class lists of “college worthy” characteristics
• Student worksheet

Uses Habits of the Mind
Student self-assessment

4

Aspirations

Developing a Growth Mindset

• Define characteristics of a “growth mindset”
• Identify specific strategies that will help them develop an nurture a “growth mindset”

Student worksheet

Article to be reproduced

5

Aspirations

Understanding Self-doubt
(Spanish)

Just the Facts
(Spanish)

• Define self-doubt
• Identify the causes of self-doubt

• Student worksheet
• Class definition of self-doubt
• Class master list of causes of self-doubt

Student self-assessment

6

Aspirations

Leveraging Strengths and Removing Barriers
(Spanish)

• Examine what stands between them and going beyond a high school education
• Identify how they will overcome barriers

• Student worksheet
• Class list of barriers
• Class list of strategies to remove barriers

Video Support

7

Aspirations

"Stick with It"

• Define perseverance
• Develop action plans to achieve goals
• Recognize perseverance in peers

Class examples of personal action plans

Two parts

8

Planning and Follow Through

Self-monitoring

Map Your Future

• Identify ways they can monitor progress on college goals

Student worksheet

 

9

Academic and School Social Behaviors

School Involvement
(Spanish)

• Describe how being involved in school activities will help them now and looking towards college

Student worksheet

Requires prepared list of school activities

10

Leadership and the Decision to Go to College

Lessons from a Dancing Guy

• See and describe themselves as a leader

Student worksheet

Video Support

Student self-assessment

11

Leadership

Defining Me: Leadership
(Spanish)

Defining Me: Who Am I
(Spanish)

• Define traditional and non-traditional types of leadership
• Apply non-traditional leadership characteristics to an activities list/resume
• Describe potential resources to support academic and career-focused goals

Student worksheet

PowerPoint

Two parts

 

Grades 11-12
Curriculum Map

 

Lessons Theme Title Measures of Success
Students will be able to:
Student Product Presentation Notes
1

Introduction: College Dreams

What does it take?
(Spanish)

• Self-assess strategies they are already using to get to college
• Identify strategies to add

Student worksheet

Video

Student self-assessment

2

Introduction: My Story

Role Models and Mentors
(Spanish)

• Take action to meet with people who can support their college dreams

Set of interview questions

Two parts

3

Aspirations

Family Benefits of College

• Describe what it will mean to their family if they are the first person in their family to go to college

Class list of benefits

Video

4

Aspirations

Talking with My Family
(Spanish)

• Hold a meaningful conversation with family members about going to college

Script for Family Conversations

Scenario practice

5

Planning and Follow Through

Stress, Drama, and Your Senior Year
(Spanish)

• Personalize strategies and a plan to reduce the stress of choosing and applying to a college

Class list of strategies

Printed materials

6

Planning and Follow Through

College Searches
(Spanish)

• Identify the critical information they will need about colleges through an online search

Student worksheet

Internet access

7

Academic and School Social

Study Like Your Hair's On Fire
(Spanish)

• Describe ways to improve their present study habits so they are ready for college study

Class list of study habit improvements

Printed

8

Contextual Awareness and Skills

Moving On: Reflecting on the Transition to College

• Analyze academic, social, and co-curricular differences between high school and college

• Complete an application

Student representation

Art supplies needed

 

Grades: Middle School through High School with Adjustments in Examples
Curriculum Map

 

Lessons Theme Title Measures of Success
Students will be able to:
Student Product Presentation Notes
1

Introduction

Creating a Safe Space
(Spanish)

• Initiate a safe space for themselves and others as a classroom community

Student worksheet

Requires personal advisor story

2

Introduction: My Story

My Story
(Spanish)

• Reflect on what makes them special and how they can build on this in the future

Student worksheet

Student Reflection and Sharing

3

Introduction

My Voice
(Spanish)

• Describe why having a strong voice matters, especially in going to college
• Assess the qualities of their personal voice

Student worksheet

Video support

4

Aspirations

Voices of Doubt

• Apply personal action strategies to situations where others voice doubts about going to college

Class list of strategies

Video support

5

Crossing Cultural Divides Communication Skills

Conflict

• Describe the important of effective communication
• Use/learn strategies to more effectively communicate their messages in different environments

Class list of strategies to deal with conflict

 

6

Crossing Cultural Divides Communication Skills

Identifying Issues, Emotions and Interests In Relationships
(Spanish)

• Definition of the root causes of positive and negative conflicts

Class list of communication strategies

Scenario practice

 

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