ACTIVITY: First in your family planning on college? Here’s what you should know.

Florida State Standards

LAFS.1112.RI.3.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.

LAFS.1112.W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. a. Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. b. Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic. c. Use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts. d. Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic. e. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing. f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic)

LAFS.1112.W.2.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

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Introduction

After reading the NEXT article, “First in your family to plan on college? Here’s what you should know”, we will explore how to help students who are the first in their family to plan and attend college.  The article gives us good insight into the planning process for 3 students.  But what would you say to a student in this very same position?

Task 1

Research online the AVID program as well as search for pointers on suggestions to offer to those students who are first generation college bound.  Remembering that you have already gone through this process, explore a few tips from your research.

Task 2

Your former high school guidance counselor has asked you to speak to a support group at the school outlining the process you followed to plan and gain admission to college.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to look back and self-evaluate the process yourself. 

  1. List the steps you followed as a junior and senior in high school looking forward.

Include such things as SATs, ACTs, extracurricular activities, college applications, where waivers might be obtained for tests or application fees, and scholarship information.

  1. Answer the question, “What would you have done differently?” and why would you have made changes or modifications to your plan.
  2. Prepare a handout for the student support group: include your contact information as well as a list of resources and people you spoke to in your high school as well as at the college you are attending. 
  3. Create a PowerPoint slide presentation.

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