Activity: Why Are You Going to College?

Florida State Standards

LAFS.1112.RL.1.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matter uncertain

LAFS.1112.W.3.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation

LAFS.1112.WHST.2.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.


Introduction:  There are many reasons why you choose to attend college; increase potential earnings, create relationships, experience independence, and learn valuable skills. College is an expensive investment of time and energy, what are your reasons to go to college?  


Teacher Needs


Internet access


Printer paper

NEXT magazine – Why Are You Going to College?


Student Needs


Internet access

NEXT magazine – Why Are You Going to College?

Access to a printer and paper


Teacher Transcript and Student Instructions:

  1. Teacher: Have students read the article “Why Are You Going to College?” Clarify any questions that students might have about the article.
  2. Teacher: After reading the NEXT article indicating the types of students Dr. Ken Bain discusses in his book, how would you classify yourself and why? Are you a “surface learner”, strategic learner” or “deep learner”?
  3. Teacher: To further this conversation, think about this – Dr. Bain has stated that college students found out that they had to motivate themselves and by doing so they were able to take control of their own education. Do you self-motivate?   And do you think that Dr. Bain is correct in saying that once a student can motivate themselves, they then can control their education?
  4. Teacher:

Student Instructions:  Take 5 minutes to digest the information given to you and write an opinion essay including what type of learner you are and why.  Include your opinion concerning what Dr. Bain has said about self-motivation and taking control of your education.  Is he on target or way off base?  Proofread your paper, print, and submit.



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