Your group will produce a packet or portfolio of activities.
Everyone in the group must participate in the work, and you must
indicate who did which assignments. For some activities listed
as cooperative work, the entire group should collaborate on each
activity. For other activities listed as individual contributions,
you will divide the work, with one member doing each assignment.
There will also be individual activities each student should
complete and include in the group portfolio. Read over all directions
carefully and plan your use of time. Download Group
Portfolio Grading Checklist.
Activities To Be
Completed In Class As Cooperative Work
For these activities, the entire
group should collaborate on each activity, working together during
1. Brainstorming. Your
group will brainstorm a list of jobs which use the skills learned
in the four core academic areas. Remember to consider electives
in these areas which might broaden your possibilities. Include
at least 15 occupations for each area.
- List jobs that require the skills learned in language arts
- List jobs that require the skills learned in math classes.
- List jobs that require the skills learned in science classes.
- List jobs that require the skills learned in social studies
2. Is That All There Is? For
the above activity you concentrated on the required classes.
Now consider all the electives. Brainstorm a list of at least
four elective classes, and list at least three jobs that require
the skills learned in those elective classes.
To The Group Portfolio
3. More Brainstorming! Now
develop a list of jobs that do not require skills which could
be learned in the classes you've considered for the other assignments.
4. Career Alphabet. Think
of and list at least one job or occupation for each letter of
the alphabet. For some letters, you can easily think of dozens.
For others, you may need to use a dictionary. The more the better!
Looking Ahead and Changing Times. These are two
related activities. Look to the future and make a list of fifteen
jobs that may be needed in the future, such as underwater farmers.
Come contemporary jobs may still be important; but, they will
have changed to reflect the times. You may include such jobs,
and their changes. Also, think back to the past. Some jobs have
become much less or much more important with the changing times.
In the last century, blacksmiths and coopers were in demand.
Make a list of fifteen jobs which have changed or become obsolete
with new technology and demands.
For these activities you will divide
the work, with one member doing each assignment. You will need
to use time outside class for much of this.
In The Portfolio And Completed By All Members
1. Map a Block. Draw a map of a full square block
on businesses. You may choose a block of Main or Lindsay Streets,
or a shopping center with at least ten businesses. Draw boxes
for the businesses. Indicate in each the occupation represented.
Be sure to label the streets. Make your map attractive to the
eye, and provide a legend.
2. What's in It For You? Make
a chart or graph comparing at least fifteen different occupations
and their yearly salaries and benefits. Be sure to include a
paragraph in which you interpret your graph.
3. Job Questionnaire. Make
up a job questionnaire and interview at least ten people about
their jobs. Include at least ten questions in your questionnaire.
Suggestions: job title, tools and equipment, special training,
favorite and least favorite parts of the job.
4. Design a Cover. Prepare
an interesting design for the cover of your portfolio, including
a title related to careers.
5. I Guess We All Dream.
Interview at least ten adults to find out what they wanted to
be when they were children. Then, interview at least ten children
to find out what they want to be. Compile your information and
present visually. Write a paragraph comparing the information
Interview Your Classmates. Ask at least twenty
classmates what their parents do for a living. Prepare a chart
showing the results of your research. Organize your information
using any of the job clusters we have read about.
7. Poster. Design a poster
highlighting any information from the unit. Use standard poster
board, but cut it to half size. Be certain that your poster is
visually pleasing, and teaches information.
Each member of the group needs to
complete the following assignments and include them in the Group
Portfolio. There will be multiple examples in each portfolio.
1. Recipes. Write a symbolic
recipe for your chosen career or the career you have researched.
You should include education, training, character traits, etc.
You should highlight the positive aspects of your career. For
Recipe for a Teacher
1 high school diploma
1 college degree ( must be genuine)
1 pound of love for children
1 pound of dedication
1 pound of versatility
Take one intelligent mind. Add
diploma and degree, dedication, love for children, and versatility.
Mix well - may take years to properly combine. Then add infinite
patience before placing in the classroom. Let simmer; but never
boil. Garnish with homework and paperwork.
is improved by dashes of humor, creativity, and compassion
Thousands over a lifetime.
2. Situation Wanted Ad. Prepare
a classified ad describing your career. The object of this ad
is to highlight your training and qualifications for your chosen
career. You want to attract an employer with your qualifications.
3. Career Research Paper. You will write a paper describing the
results of your research into one possible career.
- Career Interview. Interview
someone in the career, or in a related career who can give you
first-hand information. Find out how that person chose the career,
the positives and negatives of the career. Ask for advice. This
can be an online or email interview.
- Career Letter. Compose
a letter to some organization specifically related to your career.
Include a stamped addressed envelope. Follow correct format.
- Career Essay. Requirements
for the essay are as follows:
Text (typed double-spaced). Content must include
1) Why you chose this career
2) Why this is an appropriate career for you
3) A description of daily working conditions (pros and cons)
4) Education and training for the career
5) Advancement opportunities and salary
a bibliography of at least three documented sources used in your
paper. Include one internet source and one interview with someone
working in the chosen career.
Download the Career
Essay Grading Checklist and
a sample essay on Mud Wrestling
as a career (ha!).
Final Steps. Organize the portfolio. Use a title page with
the names of your group members, the period, and the date due.
Include a table of contents and number of pages. Indicate which
members completed which assignments.
Along with these activities, you will complete other assignments.
Stay on top of your work in this unit, and you will earn excellent
grades, and hopefully learn important and relevant information.
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