Due Dates, Deadlines, and Decisions

Get high schoolers thinking about their post-secondary plans with a lesson plan that teaches them how to navigate the application and financial aid process. They create a junior/senior calendar identifying time-sensitive tasks, investigate different types of education options, and complete a writing assignment about their goals.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • At the beginning of the school year, have pupils create a junior/senior calendar to track due dates and deadlines
  • Save copying costs and provide class members with links to the handouts
  • Instruct pupils to create a special binder for all their career and college planning materials
Classroom Considerations
  • One of six lessons in the Career and College Readiness series
  • Presumes instructors and pupils have California CareerZone accounts
  • The focus is on post-secondary education pathways although there is information on career and technical Eeducation programs that teach the skills needed to get a job
Pros
  • Provides month-by-month calendar reminders for juniors and seniors
  • The step-by-step plan is richly detailed and easy to follow
  • The tips for putting your best foot forward in the application process are excellent
  • Working with others that have similar post-secondary goals is great for brainstorming and building confidence
Cons
  • None
Common Core