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  • 1. College-Readiness Institute
    Session II: Using the Reach for College ! Curriculum
    Day 3 – August 4, 2010
    Ms. Sarah Elwell & Ms. Alisha Scruggs
  • 2. Objectives of the Session
    To learn how the RFC Curriculum can be used to supplement and enhance curriculum requirements and standards
    To understand how the RFC curriculum can be infused as part of classroom work to improve CCR
    To learn at least three specific, classroom-tested strategies that can help students set CCR goals and work toward those goals using the RFC curriculum
    To create a unit of several lesson plans incorporating the RFC curriculum in your usual classroom work
  • 3. How can RFC be used to supplement and enhance curriculum requirements & standards?
    • Ninth Grade DCPS Reading/English Language Arts Standards
    • 4. Using and understanding spoken words (Language Development)
    • 5. Using text to persuade through arguments supported by evidence, to give directions, and to convey facts and ideas in other ways (Informational Text)
    • 6. Learning from and enjoying stories, poems, and plays (Literary Text)
    • 7. Using materials to find out information (Research)
    • 8. Using written words to share information, ideas, and feelings (Writing)
    • 9. Getting information from television, film, Internet, or videos (Media)
    • 10. Knowing how to spell and use grammar correctly (English Language Conventions)
    • 11. Adapted from:
  • By the end of 9th Grade, DCPS 9th graders should be able to:
    Deliver focused oral presentations that use details, examples, or anecdotes to express information or a point of view.
    Use proper eye contact, pace, and volume; pronounce words correctly and clearly; and use gestures to express ideas effectively.
    Show how a speech uses emotion, images, examples, and other methods to connect with the audience.
    Analyze the characters, structure, and themes of classical Greek drama and epic poetry.
    Describe the different functions of a playwright, director, technical designer, and actor.
    Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different information resources, including the Internet.
    Write well-organized stories that have a clear theme, sensory details, and specific language.
    Explain the techniques used in a radio or television message to reach a specific audience.
    Adapted from:
  • 12. Who can implement the program?
    • Teachers (in conjunction with general content area)
    • 13. English, Math, Oral Communication
    • 14. Guidance Counselors
    • 15. Senior advisory/Capstone
    • 16. Administrators
    • 17. Assisting with instruction in an advisory period or afterschool program
    • 18. Additional ideas:
    • 19. Community based organizational staff
    • 20. SAT Prep personnel
  • How can the program be infused?
    Reach for College! supports many different forms of implementation models:
    Advisory periods (20 min. daily)
    Once/week (90 min)
    Twice/week (45 min per period)
    After school (varies)
    Weekend (varies)
  • 21. How is the program infused?
    Educators providing the program are provided with a guided Scope & Sequence to follow on a weekly basis
    Refer to Scope & Sequence handouts for each textbook
  • 22. Classroom-Tested Strategies
    The classroom-tested strategies being discussed focus on lessons for 9th and 10th graders
    Reach for College! curriculum
    Ninth Grade Skills for Success Textbook
    Ninth Grade, 1st Semester
    Skills for Success Now & After Graduation
    Tenth Grade, 1st and 2nd Semester
  • 23. What are the topics?
    Ninth Grade Skills for Success Textbook Topics
    Welcome to High School
    Know that education beyond high school leads to success in life
    Set goals for success in high school and beyond
    Use time-management skills
    Perfect your study skills
    Make good decisions
    Adopt successful attitudes
    Envision your future
  • 24. What are the topics?
    • Skills for Success Now & After Graduation Textbook
    • 25. Education beyond high school leads to success in life
    • 26. Set goals for success
    • 27. Time-management
    • 28. Study skills
    • 29. Essay writing
    • 30. Research Paper
    • 31. Oral presentations
    • 32. Successful attitudes
  • Ninth Grade Skills for Success
    • Classroom-Tested Strategy #1
    • 33. Researching careers online
    • 34. Have students go to: to learn about various careers by watching 90- second videos about careers they’re interested in. 
    • 35. These short videos explain and show what someone in this career does and the usual educational requirements.
    • 36. After they’ve explored careers they might be interested in, have them complete assignment 2 (p.16-17). 
    • 37. You could also have students create brochures highlighting the education needed and characteristics of various careers.
  • Ninth Grade Skills for Success
    • Classroom Tested Strategy #2
    • 38. Learning the Vocabulary of Higher Education
    • 39. Utilize the worksheet, “Be an Informed Consumer”
    • 40. Review the terms with the students, have the students make flashcards with terms and definitions
    • 41. Create a jeopardy game that quizzes students in the following areas:
    • 42. Types of institution
    • 43. Financial Literacy
    • 44. Steps to postsecondary education
    This activity complements Chapter 4 of the textbook.
  • 45. Ninth Grade Skills for Success
    • Classroom Tested Strategy #3
    • 46. Goal-setting as individual students or class
    • 47. Have students work individually to declare two short term goals that can be accomplished during the semester.
    • 48. Have students present their goals to the class (including their plans, their deadlines, and why these goals are important to them).
    • 49. Post in a visible area in the classroom.
    • 50. Then, have them track their progress giving periodic progress reports to the whole class.
    • 51. Have students determine as a class what they would like to achieve as a class.
    • 52. They could decide they want to achieve a certain average score on SAT or ACT exam or on the PSAT exam, the number of college applications, etc.
    • 53. These activities complement Chapter 2 in the textbook
  • Skills for Success Now & After Graduation
    Classroom Tested Strategy #1
    “Success Collage” or “Vision Board”
    Have students create a collage using magazines and newspapers about what “success” in their eyes looks like. (Ch. 1, pg. 3-7, September)
    Have students cut the magazine/newspaper clippings, glue them on construction paper, and then write a paragraph of how they plan to accomplish that success.
    Present their collages in front of the class.
    Post the collages in a visible area of the classroom.
  • 54. Sample of Success Collage
  • 55. Skills for Success Now & After Graduation
    Classroom Tested Strategy #2
    Effective Writing Strategies
    A) Have students write an article about themselves ten years from now.
    Where did they attend college?
    What job(s) have they had?
    Where and what do they do to volunteer for their community?
    Compile all of the submissions and put in a mock High School Alumni Bulletin and post in class.
    This lesson complements Assignment #1 (p.5)
  • 56. Skills for Success Now & After Graduation
    Classroom Tested Strategy #3
    Building positive support networks
    Discuss available resources at school, in a community, or in a college setting to help students overcome obstacles (Ch. 2, pg. 16-23, September).
    Have students brainstorm in pairs the available resources at school (recreational, social, psychosocial).
    Create brochure of resources in each area at the various levels of education or in local community.
    Post the brochures in a visible area of the classroom.
  • 57. Skills for Success Now & After Graduation
    Classroom Tested Strategy #4
    Building Readiness to take notes in college
    Cornell Note-Taking Activity
    Use the Cornell Notes template (provided)
    Watch a “You Tube” Video of College Class:
    Have students take notes to see how well they do, practice this skill over a semester to build college-readiness
    Complements Chapter 3 & 4 (Study skills)
  • 58. Career Skills for Success After Graduation
    Classroom Tested Strategy #1
    Employability Skills: Resume Writing
    Share student resume exemplars.
    List of action verbs.
    List of sample objective statements.
    Resume templates in MS Word 2007.
    Technology Connections: create a video resume; post resume on LinkedIn or a similar professional networking site
    Complements Chapter 6, Assignment #18
  • 59. Career Skills for Success After Graduation
    Classroom Tested Strategy #2
    Interview Skills: Mock Interview
    Activities for cultivating positive non-verbal communication.
    Distribute sample job description.
    Examine list of common interview questions.
    Watch videos of interviews and advice for interviewing well.
    Interview role play.
    Official mock interview with feedback forms.
    Technology Connections: film and analyze mock interviews; watch film clips of job interviews
    Complements Chapter 8, Assignment #22
  • 60. Career Skills for Success After Graduation
    Classroom Tested Strategy #3
    SAT Prep: Building Vocabulary
    Distribute weekly word lists.
    Students write the word, definition and draw or paste a picture or related symbol. Students then post to create a SAT Prep Word Wall.
    To make the wall interactive, allow students to vote for favorite words, chart how often they hear/use the words, or write sentences and post parts of articles that include the vocabulary.
    Technology Connections: Register for Student Edge
    Respond to an SAT Question of the Day
    Complements Chapter 5, Assignment #16
  • 61. Career Skills for Success After Graduation
    Classroom Tested Strategy #4
    Essay Writing: Autobiographical/Personal Statement
    Brainstorm topic ideas.
    Carousel with large sheets of chart paper “Worst Moments”; “Best Moments”; “Dreams”; “Fears”; “Role Models”
    Organizing a Personal Statement
    Cut a news article or sample essay into paragraph pieces. Have students work in groups to reassemble in the order that makes the most sense.
    List of sample hooks.
    Technology Connections: use a blog or wiki for students to post part or all of their personal statement and receive peer feedback.
    Complements Chapter 6, Assignment #19
  • 62. Apply for Success After Graduation
    Classroom Tested Strategy #1
    College Selection
    College Vocabulary Bingo
    College Profiles:;;;;;
    College Visits
    Summary Sheet:
    Technology Connections: take a virtual tour; browse university Facebook pages; show videos of college campuses
    Complements Chapter 4, Assignments #8-10
  • 63. Apply for Success After Graduation
    Classroom Tested Strategy #2
    College Application/Letters of Recommendation
    Filling out applications properly.
    Chart admissions requirements.
    Set up parent workshop.
    Compile “brag sheet” to help teachers/mentors/counselors write letters of recommendation.
    Technology Connections: show film clips; access and fill out online applications; create a glog with linked college information
    Complements Chapter 4, Assignments #15 and 16
  • 64. Apply for Success After Graduation
    Classroom Tested Strategy #3
    Financial Aid and Scholarship Applications
    College-Associated Costs
    Pockets Display
    Scholarship Application Bank
    Copies of resume, transcript, essays, letters of recommendation
    Financial Aid Center in Classroom
    Grants, Scholarships and Loans
    Technology Connections: sign up for and; visit,,,
    Complements Chapter 5 and 6, Assignments #17, 24-27
  • 65. Apply for Success After Graduation
    Classroom Tested Strategy #4
    Educational and Career Goal Setting: Timeline
    Set short-term and long-term goals.
    Explore educational pathways to potential careers.
    Create a visual display of student’s life in the next 15-20 years. This could be in the form of a poster or on a 3-panel project board.
    Store copies of all timelines in a “time capsule”.
    Technology Connections: examine interactive timelines of notable people
    Michael Jordan:,0,6777063.htmlpage
    Obama and McCain:
    Complements Chapter 3, Assignment #7
  • 66. Questions?
    Do you have any additional questions?
    For more information, please feel free to contact us:
    Alisha Scruggs Sarah Elwell
    Interim Program Director Teacher/Librarian
    Reach for College! CHEC
    (202) 246-0607 (work cell) (202)271-8344 (cell)