Confronting College By Michelle Sale and Yasmin Chin Eisenhauer Adapted by Lisa Stack
Overview of Lesson Plan: In this lesson, students will investigate what they need to meet their future academic goals, then investigate the college admissions process by preparing a PowerPoint for a mock college fair.
Lesson Plan Time/ Objectives
Time Frame 2 – 3 class periods.
Objectives: Students will: 1. Describe their plans for the future. 2.Research and analyze the college application process at specific institutions, and describe ideal candidates for each school. 3. Prepare a PowerPoint presentation for a “mock” college fair where students can learn about a variety of higher education options. 4. Take online tours of the college of interests and check with counselors to see if they can make a visitation to the campus.
-student journals -pens/pencils -paper -classroom blackboard -computers with PowerPoint and Internet Acess. -resources about college admissions, colleges, and the Scholastic Aptitude Test(college catalogs, periodicals, library resources, computers with Internet access)
* Rubrics for PowerPoint Assignment.
1 . WARM-UP/DO NOW: Students respond to the following prompt in their journals (written on the board prior to class): “What do you plan to do after high school? Where do you see yourself in five years, ten years, and twenty years? What are your future goals?” After a few minutes, allow students to share their responses, and write some of their ideas on the board. Then discuss the following questions: “Are some of your plans more feasible than others? Why? How will you decide which path is right for you? What resources do you think will you need to accomplish your goals? Why do you think so much emphasis is placed upon getting into college?
Adaptation: Students can create a blog journal or type in Microsoft word or PowerPoint.
Explain that each student will choose a college or university to research, then develop a PowerPoint for a “booth” that represents this institution at a future mock college fair or to present to the class. Ask students to prepare a presentation about their college or university that includes an assessment of its qualifications and characteristics, as well as a profile of the ideal candidate to this school. Using all available internet resources, students will research the following questions as they relate to American college admissions (written on the board prior to class for easier student access):
Procedure 2 cont
–Where is the college or university located? –What test scores are the admissions board looking for? –What programs are the school known for? (academic, arts, sports, etc.) –What is the ratio of applicants to available freshman spots? –Where are most of the students from? –What is the racial and religious composition of the student body?
Pass out Rubric for College PowerPoint.
Students will present their PowerPoints to the class.
Student can journal their ideas and fears about college either in a blog, word document, PowerPoint or notebook.
Students will be evaluated based on written journal entries, participation in class, thoughtful completion of college fair PowerPoint presentations and role-play assignments.
Assessment Chart used to see how many plan to go to college and which college they plan to attend.
Presentation Rubric will be used to grade PowerPoint.
1. Create an outline of your future educational goals. What major deadlines and steps do you foresee to achieve your goals? 2. Research the history of standardized exams. Write a position paper expressing whether or not you believe these tests are fair. Back up your opinion with facts from your research. 3. Interview a guidance counselor at your school about the college applications and admissions process, as well as the college acceptance history of your school. Write an article on the “inside scoop” of college applications for the school newspaper. 4. Research the history of affirmative action within higher education. Create a timeline of major events that illustrate how this action has affected college applications and admissions. Be sure to show how each major minority group has been affected by these policies. 5. According to the article, “In the lingo of the trade, Jed had no hook, unless they could parlay his theatrical talent.” What is your “hook” for standing out in a sea of applicants? Explore your personal educational world, and create a work (a piece of writing, a slide show, a drawing, a screenplay, choreography, etc.) that defines your hook
Teachers can assess students quickly by giving them stickers or post its to stick on a chart that answers a question you want assessed. To pole the class in general. You can use this for a topic you taught the day before or are going to teach. See examples on the next slide
Plan to attend college after school
Do not plan to attend college after school
Content Standards will vary per grade you teach so you can use this site to locate them.
U.S. News Colleges and Careers Center ( http:// www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/home.htm ) helps you find information about colleges and graduate schools, financial aid, and careers. Campus Tours: Virtual College Tours ( http:// www.campustours.com / ) allows you to tour colleges nationwide, as well as to see some of their home pages. U.S. Two-Year Colleges ( http:// cset.sp.utoledo.edu/twoyrcol.html ) provides information about a wide number of two-year colleges.