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Sparking the Future Curriculum: Lesson Plans for Grades 7–12

The Sparking the Future curriculum was designed for students who are the first in their family to attend college. These lessons supplement Navigation 101 by providing extra help for students in grades 7–12. Students follow a guided tour through postsecondary options, helping them explore college and career options.

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

Grades 7-9

Lessons Theme Title Activities Student Product
1

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Education After High School

Reasons for College

• Discuss lifestyle goals
• Review college facts
• Introduce college resources

College Facts Quiz

2

(PDF)
(Word)
Quiz (Spanish)
Answers (Spanish)

Education after High School

Keeping Your Options Open

• Introduce family wage jobs
• Review need to achieve in high school to prepare for postsecondary

Family Wage Jobs Quiz

3

(PDF)
(Word)

Knowing Yourself

What are Your Strengths and Interests?

• Complete a simple interest inventory
• Connect interests to possible careers

Strengths and Interests Handout

4

(PDF)
(Word)

Knowing Yourself

Six Steps to Success

• Discuss character traits needed for success
• Reflect on character traits and their role in students’ lives

Six Steps to Success Handout

5

(PDF)
(Word)
(Spanish)

Career Interests

“You Don’t Say” Career Game

• Explore career possibilities
• Discuss how to learn more about careers

“You Don’t Say” Career Game

6

(PDF)
(Word)
(Spanish)

Career Interests

Occupational Outlook Scavenger Hunt

• Investigate occupations that are growing rapidly
• Connect level of preparation to wages

Occupational Outlook Handout

Grades 9-10

Lessons Theme Title Activities Student Product
1

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(Word)

Exploring Options

Adult Interview

• Interview an adult about his/her career
• Reflect on career options

Adult Interview Handout

2

(PDF)
(Word)
(Spanish)

Exploring Options

Why Go to College?

• Review reasons to go to college
• Discuss benefits of postsecondary education

Why Go to College? Handout

3

(PDF)
(Word)
(Spanish)

Exploring Options

Taking a Closer Look at Two-Year Colleges

• Learn about two-year colleges • Discuss career opportunities from two-year colleges

Take a Closer Look Handout

4

(PDF)
(Word)

Exploring Options

College Board Web Site Sign Up

• Learn about college entrance exams
• Register on College Board web site and conduct research on college options

College Board Introduction Handout

5

(PDF)
(Word)
(Spanish)

Exploring Options

College Admission Versus High School Graduation Requirements

• Review high school graduation requirements
• Understand the difference between graduation requirements and entry requirements

College Admission Versus High School Graduation Handout

6

(PDF)
(Word)

Knowing What You Need

The ASVAB

• Learn about the testing requirement to enlist in the military
• Learn about potential military and civilian careers of interest

ASVAB Handout

7

(PDF)
(Word)
(Spanish)

Knowing What You Need

College Admission Versus High School Graduation Requirements

• Learn about the minimum course requirements for high school graduation
• Learn about the minimum course requirements for college admission

Graduation Requirements Handout

Grades 11-12

Lessons Theme Title Activities Student Product
1

(PDF)
(Word)
(Spanish)

What Kind of Job Do I Want?

An Investment in the Future

• Learn about the value of postsecondary education
• Explore admissions process

An Investment in the Future Handout

2

(PDF)
(Word)
(Spanish)

What Kind of Job Do I Want?

Exploring High Growth Industries

• Learn about high-growth career areas
• Discuss how to learn more

Exploring High Growth Industries Handout + Industry Overviews

3

(PDF)
(Word)

What Kind of Job Do I Want?

A Look at Apprenticeships

• Learn about apprenticeships
• Learn how to become an apprentice

A Look at Apprenticeships Quiz

4

(PDF)
(Word)
(Spanish)

Getting Down to It!

Junior-Senior Calendar

• Review milestones for junior and senior year
• Discuss progress to date

Junior and Senior Year Calendar

5

(PDF)
(Word)
(Spanish)

Getting Down to It!

Areas of Study and Entry Requirements

• Choose two areas of study
• Research entry requirements for areas of study

Areas of Study and Entry Requirements Questions Handout

6

(PDF)
(Word)
(Spanish)

Getting Down to It!

College Inquiry Sample Letter

• Learn how to research colleges
• Learn how to get information

Sample Letter Handout

7

(PDF)
(Word)

Getting Down to It!

Admissions Essay

• Learn about essay requirements
• Write a sample essay

Draft Admissions Essay

8

(PDF)
(Word)
College Admission Tips (Spanish)
Application Tips (Spanish)

Getting Down to It!

Completing a College Application

• Learn about application requirements
• Complete an application

Sample College Application

9

(PDF)
(Word)
(Spanish)

Getting Down to It!

Financial Aid Fundamentals

• Learn about financial aid options
• Review FAFSA form

Financial Aid Fundamentals Handout

 

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