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Education and Career Planning 1A Pacing Guide

Education and Career Planning 1A Course

Independent Study Syllabus/Pacing Guide

with Career Portfolio

(Cover sheet to include with Career Portfolio at end of this document)

 

Grade Level: 9-12

Prerequisite: none

Recommended Textbook – Career Choices: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults by Academic Innovations. These books are available at the Learning Center.(Note: This pacing guide was written for Career Choices: edition 4 so the page numbers may be slightly off but the content is the same.)  ** Please note if your student is using a hardcover edition of Career Choices, it is NOT consumable and should not be written in at all.  Please complete activities on a separate sheet of paper.  Softcover books are consumable and may be written in. 

This 5 credit Life Skills course is mandatory for all students

The course allows students to answer: Who am I?  What do I want?  How do I get there?  Students will use self evaluation tools and will research careers to begin to develop a ten year plan!

 

Beginning Fall 2017-18, all 9th graders will choose a College/Career Emphasis.

 (See assignment #6 in pacing guide as part of student portfolio).

 

  1. CC Emphasis = 2 Community College Courses (Academic or CTE)
  2. a-g + CC Emphasis = a-g completion AND 1 semester Community College Course
  3. a-g + CTE Emphasis = a-g completion AND CTE Pathway Completion
  4. CTE + CC Emphasis = CTE Pathway Completion AND 1 semester CC  course

*NOTE: "completion" = C's or better

Your choice will be noted on the College and Career Emphasis Plan worksheet (located after the rubric on this document) which is turned in with your portfolio as part of your grade.  This form is required, and is counted as an assignment (Assignment #6 in the course pacing guide below). 

 

Independent Study (with Career Portfolio) –students will follow the Independent Study course outline, completing the course on their own, and will submit a portfolio to Guidance Department for 50% of the semester grade. Student work during the semester comprises the other 50% of Independent Study Student’s grade. Pacing Guide is below.

NOTE

  • For the Independent Study course, the text is recommended, however, students can use other sources to meet the requirements of the course and to complete the Career Portfolio. If using a different textbook, the Career Portfolio only is worth 50% of the semester grade.  Completing only the Career Portfolio DOES NOT give full credit for this course. Student work during the semester comprises the other 50% of Independent Study Student’s grade. If student is using
  • If you are using a hardcover Career Choices textbook, please write your answers on paper not in the book

  

 

Education and Career Planning 1A

Independent Study (with Career Portfolio)

Course Syllabus, Pacing Guide and Grading Rubric

 

Pacing Guide/Calendar

Week

Assignment

 

Before you begin this course, please read!

You will need to keep 6 specific assignments (identified under the “week” column) in a separate folder for a Career Portfolio that you must turn in to your ES at the end of the semester (keep scrolling down for more information about the grading rubric that the Guidance Department will use to grade your Career Portfolio).  Not all weeks have a Career Portfolio assignment. Your ES will grade your Career Portfolio which is worth 50% of your semester grade.  The other 50% of your semester grade is the book work portion that is to be done each week as outlined below.  You must complete both parts of the course, the Career Portfolio AND the bookwork, to earn full credit for this course.

 

 

1

Career Portfolio Assignment #1

“My Future” Assignment-Imagine that you woke up in the morning and it is ten years in the future. What will your life look like, where will you live, and with whom. What kind of work will you do? Think about all aspects of your life: will you have kids, how many? Please type a one page essay due in week 3. (this meets Benchmark standard #1, short story, also print a copy for your ES as part of your Career Portfolio, this is the first assignment that you must include in your Career Portfolio)

  1. Your “My Future” Essay should be completed and is assignment #1 in your Career Portfolio.  You will need to include this assignment in the Career Portfolio that is due to your ES at the end of the semester.

 

 Place this assignment in your Career Portfolio.

2

Chapter 1 – Defining Success (This pacing guide is based off Career Choices edition 4 so the page numbers may be slightly off if you are using edition 5)

  1. Read and answer all questions in Ch.1(if you are using a hardcover book, please write your answers on paper, not in the book)
  2. Your ES and Parent will check your answers to grade your work

3

Chapter 2 – Your Personal Profile – Part 1(This pacing guide is based off Career Choices edition 4 so the page numbers may be slightly off if you are using edition 5)

  1. Read and answer questions pp 24-37(if you are using a hardcover book, please write your answers on paper, not in the book)
  2. Your ES and Parent will check your answers to grade your work

 

4

Chapter 2 – Part 2(This pacing guide is based off Career Choices edition 4 so the page numbers may be slightly off if you are using edition 5)­­­­­

  1. Read and answer questions pp 38-53(if you are using a hardcover book, please write your answers on paper, not in the book)
  2. Your ES and Parent will check your answers to grade your work

5

Career Portfolio Assignment #2

Attend College Basics Workshop through CWCS OR do research about colleges at www.californiacolleges.edu (or another online college search tool).  This is Online (Moodle) usually the 5th week of the semester.  Check Newsletter for information and dates or email the Guidance Department at mhalter@cwcharter.org  

 

For assignment #2 of your Career Portfolio:

Find your nearest Community College.  Check out their website to answer the following questions:

  1. Name of the closest Community College?
  2. What is an AA?
  3. What other training programs do they offer (certification programs other than getting an AA)?
  4. What steps must you take to get enrolled?
  5. How much does it cost?
  6. Can high school students take courses?  What special form do you need?
  7. What is the name of the bookstore?
  8. Do they have a Guidance Class? How many units is the class?
  9. What other classes does the college offer that interest you?

Place this assignment in your Career Portfolio.

6

Chapter 3 – Lifestyles of the Satisfied and Happy (This pacing guide is based off Career Choices edition 4 so the page numbers may be slightly off if you are using edition 5)

  1. Read and answer questions pp 56-71(if you are using a hardcover book, please write your answers on paper, not in the book)
  2. Your ES and Parent will check your answers to grade your work

7

 

Self Exploration Assignment –

  1. Using various tools such as www.cacareerzone.org orwww.collegeboard.com do some research to find out your interests and likes/dislikes.  
  2. Include printout of self assessment with a one paragraph summary of what you discovered, give this to your ES.

 

8

Chapter 5 – Your Ideal Career (This pacing guide is based off Career Choices edition 4 so the page numbers may be slightly off if you are using edition 5)

  1. Read and answer questions pp 124-141(if you are using a hardcover book, please write your answers on paper, not in the book)
  2. Your ES and Parent will check your answers to grade your work

9

Career Portfolio Assignment #3

Chapter 6 – Career Research – 2 weeks (This pacing guide is based off Career Choices edition 4 so the page numbers may be slightly off if you are using edition 5)

  1. Read and answer questions pp 143-155(if you are using a hardcover book, please write your answers on paper, not in the book)
  2. Your ES and Parent will check your answers to grade your work

For your Career Portfolio - go online to www.cacareerzone.org or www.californiacolleges.edu and research 3 careers that interest you.  If you are using the Career Choices book, this is pp. 148 – 157, and you can simply include a copy of your work in the Career Portfolio. If you are not using the Career Choices book, Information to include in your research must have:

  1. Specific tasks you would perform on the job
  2. What is the job environment likely to be?
  3. What would be the rewards of the job?
  4. Answer: I would find this job satisfying because…
  5. How much training or education would I need, am I willing to do it?
  6. What would I earn starting out? Mid career salary? Does this meet my salary requirements?
  7. Will there be openings when I am ready to find work?
  8. What should I do now to prepare? What high school courses should I take?
  9. How does this career mesh with my future family plans and lifestyle?

Place this assignment in your Career Portfolio.

10

 

Chapter 6 Career Research (cont) (This pacing guide is based off Career Choices edition 4 so the page numbers may be slightly off if you are using edition 5)

  1. Finish through p 155, do pp 156, 157(if you are using a hardcover book, please write your answers on paper, not in the book)
  2. Your ES and Parent will check your answers to grade your work

 

11

 

Chapter 7 Decision Making (This pacing guide is based off Career Choices edition 4 so the page numbers may be slightly off if you are using edition 5)

  1. Read and answer questions pp 167-177 (if you are using a hardcover book, please write your answers on paper, not in the book)
  2. Your ES and Parent will check your answers to grade your work

 

12

Career Portfolio Assignment #4

Chapter 11 Getting Experience Finding your First Job – Part 1 (This pacing guide is based off Career Choices edition 4 so the page numbers may be slightly off if you are using edition 5)

  1. Read and do pp 249-253(if you are using a hardcover book, please write your answers on paper, not in the book)
  2. Great Resources

Resume Writing "Cheat Sheet", just fill in the blanks and an automated Resume is created for you! Make sure to save it and then you can change it however you want to: https://www.careerkids.com/MyFirstResume.aspx  

Resume writing tips and video at San Jose State's Career Center site:

http://www.sjsu.edu/careercenter/students/find-a-job-internship/resumes-cover-letters/index.html

  1. Your ES and Parent will check your answers to grade your work
  2. For assignment 4 of your Career Portfolio, the Resume Assignment, create your Resume to include in your Career Portfolio. If you are using Career Choices book, you will find information on pp. 249 – 253. 

Place this assignment in your Career Portfolio.  ***For Independent Study Students Only-remember your Career Portfolio assignment due to your ES, at the end of the semester.  Ask your ES when they would like it turned in***

13

Chapter 11 Getting Experience – Part 2 (This pacing guide is based off Career Choices edition 4 so the page numbers may be slightly off if you are using edition 5)

  1. Read and do pp 254-257(if you are using a hardcover book, please write your answers on paper, not in the book)
  2. Your ES and Parent will check your answers to grade your work

14

Career Portfolio Assignment #5

Chapter 11 Getting Experience – Part 3 (This pacing guide is based off Career Choices edition 4 so the page numbers may be slightly off if you are using edition 5)

  1. Read and do pp 258-263(if you are using a hardcover book, please write your answers on paper, not in the book)
  2. Your ES and Parent will check your answers to grade your work
  3. For assignment 5 of your Career Portfolio, the Job Application Assignment, find a sample job application online or at your library, fill it out, and include it in your Career Portfolio.

Place this assignment in your Career Portfolio.

15

 

 

 

Career Portfolio Assignment

#6

Chapter 12 - Where do you go from here? (This pacing guide is based off Career Choices edition 4 so the page numbers may be slightly off if you are using edition 5)

  1. Read pp. 266 - 269, then skip to p. 278 and read and do pp. 278-280(if you are using a hardcover book, please write your answers on paper, not in the book)

 

   Please complete College and Career Emphasis Plan worksheet located on the last page of this document after the rubric.  Be sure to mark your choice, sign the agreement, and have parent sign the agreement.  Include this form in your portfolio.   Place this worksheet in your Career Portfolio.


 

 

Career Portfolio Assignment:

Students taking the 5 unit course on Independent Study must submit the following assignments to the Guidance Department by the end of the semester, as determined by the ES.  50% of the overall grade is determined by the parent and ES based on the work completed according to the course syllabus. This Career Portfolio assignment will be graded by the Guidance Department and is worth 50% of the students overall semester grade.   You must complete both the bookwork and the Career Portfolio to earn the full 5 units. Your ES will use the attached grading rubric to score the assignment:

 

Directions:  Please use an organizational tool such as a folder or binder to assemble the following six assignments to turn in to your ES:

#1  Written Assignment “My Future

Imagine that you woke up this morning and it is now ten years in the future. What will your life look like, where will you live, and with whom. What kind of work will you do? Think about all aspects of your life: will you have kids, how many? Please type a one page essay due week 1. (this meets Benchmark standard #1, short story)

#2  Attend College Basics Workshop through CWCS OR do research about colleges at www.californiacolleges.edu (or another online college search tool). Online, usually the 5th week of the semester.  Check Newsletter for information and dates or email the Guidance Department at mhalter@cwcharter.org . 

Assignment:

Find your nearest Community College.  Check out their website or call them to answer the following questions:

  1. Name of the closest Community College?
  2. What is an AA?
  3. What other training programs do they offer (certification programs other than getting an AA)?
  4. What steps must you take to get enrolled?
  5. How much does it cost?
  6. Can high school students take courses?  What special form do you need?
  7. What is the name of the bookstore?
  8. Do they have a Guidance Class? How many units is the class?
  9. What other classes does the college offer that interest you? 

#3  Career Research Assignment – go online to www.cacareerzone.org or www.californiacolleges.edu and research 3 careers that interest you.  If you are using the Career Choices book, this is pp. 148 – 157, and you can simply include a copy of your work in the Career Portfolio. If you are not using the Career Choices book, Information to include in your research must have:

  1. Specific tasks you would perform on the job
  2. What is the job environment likely to be?
  3. What would be the rewards of the job?
  4. Answer: I would find this job satisfying because…
  5. How much training or education would I need, am I willing to do it?
  6. What would I earn starting out? Mid career salary? Does this meet my salary requirements?
  7. Will there be openings when I am ready to find work?
  8. What should I do now to prepare? What high school courses should I take?
  9. How does this career mesh with my future family plans and lifestyle?

#4  Resume Assignment – create your Resume to include in your Career Portfolio. If you are using Career Choices book, you will find information on pp. 249 – 253.  You can also research online and at your local library.

#5  Job Application Assignment – find a sample job application online or at your library, fill it out, and include in your Career Portfolio

#6  Complete College and Career Indicators Agreement-  Pathway must be marked and includes student and parent signature.  Include in your portfolio (form is found after the rubric)

 

 

RUBRIC for grading Career Portfolio

for Independent Study Students

Education and Career Planning Course

CATEGORY

4

3

2

1

#1-“My Future” Written Assignment

NOTE-for Writing Prompt benchmark  #1, use writing prompt rubric to score

Covers topic in depth with details and examples, no misspellings or grammatical errors.

Covers topic in depth with details/examples, three or fewer misspellings/mechanical errors

Covers topic, four misspellings/mechanical errors

Content minimal, several misspellings/ mechanical errors

#2-College Basics

Notes from College Basics workshop or californiacolleges.edu , all 7 questions discussed in depth with details

Notes from College Basics workshop or californiacolleges.edu , all 7 questions discussed in fair detail

Notes from College Basics workshop or californiacolleges.edu , all 7 questions discussed in minimal detail

Notes from College Basics workshop or californiacolleges.edu minimal or none at all , not all questions are discussed

#3-Career Research Assignment

Three careers thoroughly researched , all information pp. 150 - 157 discussed in depth with details

Three careers thoroughly researched , all information pp. 150 - 157 discussed in fair detail

Three careers researched , all information pp. 150 - 157 discussed minimally

Three careers minimally researched , pp. 150 - 157 completed minimally or none at all

#4-Resume Assignment

Typed, appealing to the eye, action phrases used to describe skills, professional wording used, Categories (heading, objective, education, experience) covered in detail, no spelling or grammar errors

Typed, appealing to the eye, 1-2  skills lack action phrases, mostly professional wording used, Categories (heading, objective, education, experience) covered in fair detail, 1-2 spelling or grammar errors

Typed, 3-4  skills lack action phrases, professional wording not used, Categories (heading, objective, education, experience) covered in minimal detail, 3-4 spelling or grammar errors

Typed, 5-6  skills lack action phrases, professional wording not used, Categories (heading, objective, education, experience) not covered or missing, 5-6 spelling or grammar errors

#5-Job Application Assignment

All information is neat, legible, professional looking, all sections answered thoroughly and completely, correct punctuation, no spelling errors

All information is neat and legible, 1 or 2 sections not answered thoroughly and completely, 1 or 2 errors in punctuation or spelling

All information is complete and neat, 3 or 4 sections not answered thoroughly and completely, 3 or 4 errors in punctuation or spelling

Overall appearance not neat or complete, 5 or 6 sections not answered thoroughly and completely, 5 or 6 errors in punctuation or spelling

 

#6-College and Career Emphasis Plan Worksheet

(found after the rubric)

Form is filled out completely with signatures from both student and parent

All information is neat and legible, 1 or 2 sections not answered thoroughly and completely, 1 or 2 errors in punctuation or spelling

All information is complete and neat, 3 or 4 sections not answered thoroughly and completely, 3 or 4 errors in punctuation or spelling

Overall appearance not neat or complete, 5 or 6 sections not answered thoroughly and completely, 5 or 6 errors in punctuation or spelling

 

CATEGORY

4

3

2

1

 

Rubric Grading

24 - 22

21 - 19

18 - 16

15 - 14

13 - 0

Rubric Letter

grade

A

B

C

D

F

Total Semester Grade is 50% Rubric Grade plus 50% bookwork grade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College and Career Emphasis Plan

 

Beginning Fall 2017-18, all 9th and 10th graders will choose a College/Career Emphasis to be completed before graduation.  (9th graders will choose their option in their Ed/Career Planning course and 10th graders with their ES).

 

 

Please circle the one College and Career Emphasis you plan to pursue from the four options below:

 

  1. Community College (CC) Emphasis = 2 Community College Courses (Academic Or CTE)
  2. a-g + CC Emphasis = a-g completion AND 1 semester Community College Course
  3. a-g + CTE Emphasis = a-g completion AND CTE Pathway Completion
  4. CTE + CC Emphasis = CTE Pathway Completion AND 1 semester CC course

 

*NOTE: "completion" = C's or better

“CTE” = Career Technical Education, two courses required for completion

“a-g” = College preparatory course, 15 a-g courses required for completion

“CC” = Community College, one course equals one semester

 

 

 

If you are choosing either option with CTE courses, please choose the CTE courses you will be taking from the list of the available courses:

______ Health Careers

______ Business Finance

______Child Development (This path is articulated with MJC so this meets the #4-CTE + CC   Emphasis)

 

______ Interior Design

 

 

 

Parent Signature _____________________________________________Date____________

Student Signature ____________________________________________                                                          

Portfolio Review Cover Sheet

Education and Career Planning 1A

 

Student name:  _________________________________________

Student grade level: ________

Student contact email: ___________________________________

Student address:________________________________________

ES Name: _____________________________________________

ES Phone:  _______________________

 

         Please mail to : CW Learning Center

                                    Attn: Guidance Dept

                                    2000 West Briggsmore Avenue, Suite A

Modesto, CA 95350

 

         Parent/ES Grade (50% of total): _______

·         HQT Grade of Portfolio (50%): _______

 

         Grade to be entered on Transcript:________

 

Guidance Counselor Name:_____________________________

Signature:___________________________Date:____________

 

 Career Portfolio Assignment:

Students taking the 5 credit course on Independent Study must submit the following 6 assignments to Guidance Department, by the end of the semester.

 

50% of the overall grade is determined by the parent and ES based on the work completed according to the course syllabus.  This Career Portfolio assignment will be graded by the Guidance Department  and is worth 50% of the students overall semester grade.   You must complete both the work in the book  and the Career Portfolio to earn the full 5 credits.

 

Directions:  

Please use an organizational tool such as a folder or binder to assemble the following assignments:

1.Written Assignment “My Future

Imagine that you woke up this morning and it is now ten years in the future. What will your life look like, where will you live, and with whom. What kind of work will you do? Think about all aspects of your life: will you have kids, how many? Please type a one page essay due week 1. (this meets Benchmark standard #1, short story)

 

2.Attend College Basics Workshop through CWCS OR do research about colleges at www.californiacolleges.edu (or another online college search tool). Online, usually the 5th week of the semester.  Check Newsletter for information and dates or email the Guidance Department at mhalter@cwcharter.org . 

 

Assignment:

Find your nearest Community College.  Check out their website or call them to answer the following questions:

  1. Name of the closest Community College?
  2. What is an AA?
  3. What other training programs do they offer (certification programs other than getting an AA)?
  4. What steps must you take to get enrolled?
  5. How much does it cost?
  6. Can high school students take courses?  What special form do you need?
  7. What is the name of the bookstore?
  8. Do they have a Guidance Class? How many units is the class?
  9. What other classes does the college offer that interest you?

3.Career Research Assignment – go online to www.cacareerzone.org or www.californiacolleges.edu and research 3 careers that interest you.  If you are using the Career Choices book, this is pp. 148 – 157, and you can simply include a copy of your work in the Career Portfolio. If you are not using the Career Choices book, Information to include in your research must have:

  1. Specific tasks you would perform on the job
  2. What is the job environment likely to be?
  3. What would be the rewards of the job?
  4. Answer: I would find this job satisfying because…
  5. How much training or education would I need, am I willing to do it?
  6. What would I earn starting out? Mid career salary? Does this meet my salary requirements?
  7. Will there be openings when I am ready to find work?
  8. What should I do now to prepare? What high school courses should I take?
  9. How does this career mesh with my future family plans and lifestyle?

4.Resume Assignment – create your Resume to include in your Career Portfolio. If you are using Career Choices book, you will find information on pp. 249 – 253.  You can also research online and at your local library.

5.Job Application Assignment – find a sample job application online or at your library, fill it out, and include in your Career Portfolio

6. Complete College and Career Emphasis Plan

The emphasis must be marked and includes student and parent signature.  Include in your portfolio (form is found after the rubric on the pacing guide)