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Contents 12 Don’t Be Career
Clueless: Take the
17 Be Smart, Be Safe
Be a Pain, in a Good Way …
3 Tips to Get It Together in 8 What You Need to Know 14 Choosing the Right 18 Ask for Help
8th Grade in 8th Grade: Indiana’s College for You
Academic Standards OnTrack Bonus
Push Yourself Put Your Hands on
10 ISTEP+ Reality Check: Some Cash 19 Make It Happen:
5 Get with the Program: How Much Do You Know? Your 8th Grade
Core 40 14 Learn More, Earn More Checklist
Find the Right Fit
6 Go Beyond Core 40 15 Quiz: Ready for the Real Parent Tips
11 7 More Ways to Learn World?
7 Get Going on Math, about Careers Back 10 Ways to Help
Keeping It All Straight: 17 You Can Afford College Cover Your Student
Your Graduation Plan
Tips to Get It
Let’s get straight to the point: Only you
can make your future happen, and the first step is getting the
best education you can.
Middle school is the time to get it together before making the
jump to high school. It’s a great time to prove to yourself and
others your ability to work hard and succeed.
Here are some practical tips to use right now to make sure you do well in 8th grade:
It sounds obvious, but you might be surprised at
how many students fail to take attendance seriously.
2 Get O
The first step toward organization is having the right
equipment. It doesn’t have to be fancy; a different color
A solid attendance record is important: folder (neatly labeled) for each class and a calendar or
planner should do it.
★ You’ll get better grades and learn more if you
actually attend school. You can’t learn if you’re In the folders, keep notes in one pocket and handouts
not there. in the other. In your calendar or planner, create a sched-
★ In middle and high school, you will need to learn ule to keep track of all your major assignments and
about your school’s attendance policy and limit tests. Take time to plan your weekly schedule: home-
absences. Too many absences might mean that work, activities, school and time with friends. Then try to
you won’t earn enough credits to graduate. stick to the plan.
★ Employers want to hire workers they can count
on, and regular school attendance shows
Do You ework
If you must be absent for any reason, take the
necessary steps to get the absence excused and
make sure you contact your teachers or someone
from your classes to find out what was
covered. Then, be sure to get the
homework you’ve missed completed Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Well, some students
and turned in. blow off homework by either not doing it at all or
not putting enough effort into it. Blow it off and
your grades will suffer: You’ll lose the points for the
assignment and miss an opportunity to learn the
material before the test.
There are two schools of thought on homework: Com-
plete the easiest tasks first to give yourself a boost of
energy and confidence, or complete the hardest and
longest assignment first to get it out of the way. Try both
methods to see which one works better for you.
Where to Go When You Need
HomeWork Help Whichever you choose, make sure you give yourself
a little downtime or a reward between tasks to give
your brain a break. Experts also suggest scheduling a
You can find help from many sources. Ask your teacher or school
specific time each day for homework. Create the right
counselor about homework clubs, study tables, or where to go for
environment — free of distractions — and have all your
free or low-cost tutoring in your community. Rose-Hulman Institute
supplies on hand before you start.
of Technology’s Homework Hotline provides free math and science
homework help. Students can visit the website at
www.askrose.org or call the Homework
Hotline from 7 p.m. to
10 p.m. (EST) for free at 8th Grade 3
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If you’re worried about your grades or test scores Do more than just get by. For example, if your teacher
— or you know you should be worried — ask for offers you extra credit, take the opportunity — even if
help. Whether you are struggling with homework you don’t need it. Take the most challenging classes
or aren’t doing well on quizzes, tell your teacher you can. (Check out page 6 for more information.)
or school counselor about the problem and ask Grades matter, but it’s more important to stretch
for specific advice on how to improve. Speak up if yourself than to take an easy class. Students who go
you think you’re falling behind, and be sure to take the extra mile will have more job opportunities and
advantage of the extra help sessions, study tables college choices.
or tutoring your school may provide.
6 Read for Fun
In addition to the information in this mini-
magazine, the KnowHow2GOIndiana and
Learn More Indiana websites are your
Spend some time reading outside of class — books, online news, magazines,
connections for information on college and
whatever appeals to you. Reading for fun gives you a chance to learn about new
careers and how to succeed in school.
things, which will help you do better in school. It can also improve your scores on
Visit www.learnmoreindiana.org or
standardized tests like the ACT or SAT and help you explore your career interests.
Here are more tips from the Department of Education’s Read On, Indiana! more tips, checklists, career interest
campaign (more are available at www.doe.in.gov): inventories and other information about
● Sign up for a library card and visit your local branch as often as you can. what you can do to
Borrow books that interest you. get the future you
● Work together with your family to build a library at home. Create a special want.
place to keep your books.
● Spend time reading every day. Try chapter books that take multiple days to read.
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4 8th Grade
In Indiana, all high school students
have to complete to
Core 40 gives you:
graduate. is a set of 3 A basic academic foundation for life
courses in English/language arts, after high school.
math, science and social studies
that provides you with a solid
3 Opportunity to explore careers.
foundation for college, work
and the real world.
Course & Credit requirements
english/language 8 credits
Arts Including a balance of literature,
composition and speech
mathematics 6 credits
All students must complete a Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II Stay on track toward the career you want.
math or physics course during
their junior or senior year. or Integrated Math I, II and III Revisit the Graduation Plan you started in
6th grade (see page 7). Use the checklist on
Science 6 credits page 19. Meet with your school counselor.
Biology I; Chemistry I or Physics I or
Integrated Chemistry-Physics; and any
additional Core 40 science course
Social Studies 6 credits what’s this about
U.S. History; U.S. Government; electives?
Economics; and either World History
and Civilization or Geography and spells out only some
History of the World of the courses you have to take.
High school class schedules
Directed electives 5 credits provide lots of time for electives.
Any combination of world languages,
fine arts, and career and technical Electives are courses that you
education courses choose and can include math
and science, fine arts, career and
physical education 2 credits technical courses — whatever
you want. Choose your electives
Health and Wellness 1 credit wisely and be sure to complete
a College and Career Pathway,
electives 6 credits
which means taking classes to
College and Career Pathway
recommended. explore your interests and prepare
for possible careers.
Total 40 credits
In addition to Core 40, schools may have local graduation requirements that apply to all students.
8th Grade 5
TAKE CHALLENGING COURSES
Your high school will offer many opportunities to take more
challenging courses. Some options include the following:
★ Advanced Placement (AP) — College-level courses offered in high school. If you score well on AP
exams, you may move directly to upper-level college classes and possibly receive college credit.
★ Dual-credit courses — Courses taught in high school, at local colleges and through distance
education (online classes) that provide both high school and college credit. Before signing up for
a dual-credit course, find out how it will transfer. College classes from the Core Transfer Library
(CTL) will be accepted (assuming an adequate grade is earned) by all of Indiana’s public colleges
and universities. If you complete a dual-credit course that is not from the CTL, those credits
might not transfer to another college. Make sure to discuss transferability with your school
counselor before signing up for a dual-credit course. For a list of CTL classes or more
information, visit www.transferin.net/CTL.
★ International Baccalaureate (IB) — A program for 11th and 12th graders
se it provid that requires students to complete rigorous courses across all
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When you start thinking about what
classes to take, plan ahead and find out
what AP and dual-credit courses your high
Core 40 with Technical Honors. Here’s what you have to do to earn them: school offers. Most challenging courses
require certain other classes — called
prerequisites — to be completed
first. So if you can, try to take
prerequisites next year.
(minimum 47 credits) (minimum 47 credits)
Students must complete all Core 40 requirements, plus: Students must complete all Core 40 requirements, plus:
★ Earn 2 additional Core 40 math credits ★ Complete a career and technical program (8 or more related credits)
★ Earn 6 to 8 Core 40 world language credits (6 credits in one language or ★ Earn a grade of a “C” or better in courses that will count toward the diploma
4 credits in each of two different languages) ★ Have a grade point average of a “B” or better
★ Earn 2 Core 40 fine arts credits
★ Earn a grade of a “C” or better in courses that will count toward the diploma Students also must complete two of the following
★ Have a grade point average of a “B” or better (one must be A or B):
A. Score at or above the following levels on WorkKeys®:
Students also must complete one of the following: • Reading for Information — Level 6
★ Complete AP courses (4 credits) and corresponding AP exams • Applied Mathematics — Level 6
★ Complete IB courses (4 credits) and corresponding IB exams • Locating Information — Level 5
★ Earn a combined score of 1200 or higher on the SAT critical reading and B. Complete dual high school and college credit courses in a technical area
mathematics (6 college credits)
★ Score a 26 or higher composite on the ACT C. Complete a Professional Career Internship course or a Cooperative Education
★ Complete dual high school and college credit courses from an accredited course (2 credits)
postsecondary institution (6 transferable college credits) D. Complete an industry-based work experience as part of a two-year career and
★ Complete a combination of AP courses (2 credits) and corresponding technical education program (minimum 140 hours)
AP exams and dual high school and college credit course(s) from an E. Earn a state-approved, industry-recognized certification
accredited postsecondary institution (3 transferable college credits)
6 8th Grade
Get Going on Math
Maximize your options by taking more advanced math, such as trigonometry
and calculus, in high school. Why? There are lots of reasons.
★ It pays. Every occupation uses math in some form. ★ Math exercises your brain. At football practice,
Also, some of the fastest-growing and highest- do athletes just spend their time throwing and
paying occupations, like those in engineering and catching a football? Of course not! To create a
technology, rely heavily on it. solid foundation for success on the field, they also
★ You can use it to shine at your first job. At run laps, lift weights and might even take ballet.
some point in the next few years, there’s a good Similarly, advanced math will train your mind to think
logically and linearly, which is a skill that helps with
chance you will have a part-time job at a store or
restaurant. Good math skills will help you process everything from organizing papers for English class
transactions, calculate discounts and make sure to winning debates with your parents.
your paycheck is accurate. ★ Math appears in some surprising Explo
★ Math gives you options. Many students change places. The sciences and social Dif ferent Lre a
their career plans throughout high school and sciences use math to explain Most progra uage
the world; music relies on it to ms at Purd
college. By taking advanced classes now, you’re University, ue
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What You Need to Know in 8th grade INDIANA’S
Eighth grade is an exciting time. Want a sneak peek at what you’re going to be learning this year?
You’re in luck: Indiana’s Academic Standards spell out what you’re supposed to know and be able StAndARdS
to do by the end of 8th grade. And since our state has the best standards in the country, expect a
world-class education. Check out the “big picture” below.
setting, rhythm, rhyme), incorporates precise and ■ Solids Find and use the surface areas and
EnglIsh/lAnguAgE Arts varied vocabulary, and shows a command of basic volumes of cones, spheres and pyramids. Use scale
literary devices (e.g., symbolism, alliteration, per- factors to find areas and volumes of similar figures.
■ Vocabulary and Concept Development sonification). Review, revise and edit writing.
Identify the difference between the literal and figura- ■ Solving Equations and Inequalities Write
tive meanings of words given the context in which ■ English Language Conventions Write para- and solve multistep equations and inequalities in
they occur. Make connections between the history graphs that display varied sentence constructions one variable.
and etymology of words and their present meanings. and clear and meaningful connections of ideas
within sentences. Edit pieces of writing to correct ■ Linear Functions Use linear functions and
■ Informational Text: Structure, spelling, grammar and punctuation. linear equations to represent, analyze and solve
Comprehension and Analysis Analyze different problems. Translate among tables, equations,
informational documents serving the same purpose ■ Listening and Speaking Outline the organi- verbal expressions and graphs.
to determine the strengths of each (in coherence zation of speeches and deliver presentations that
of structure, development and accuracy of ideas, are well organized and supported with details, ■ Analyzing Data Use mean, median, mode,
extent of information) and to find which best fulfill language and speech techniques appropriate to upper and lower quartiles, and range of data to
their function. a particular purpose and audience. Analyze and compare data sets. Organize and display data to
evaluate speeches to determine the validity of a analyze central tendencies of data. Investigate
■ Literary Text: Comprehension and speaker’s conclusions. Identify the impact of visual effects of change in data values on the measures of
Analysis Describe the characteristics of different images on listeners’ opinions. the central tendency of the set of data. Display data
forms of poetry and the structural elements of fic- in scatter plots, informally finding lines of best fit.
tion. Chart and analyze the overall structure of plots
(including subplots and parallel episodes) within ■ Evaluating Claims, Selecting Samples
literary texts and connect to the mood, devices,
MAth and Analyzing Bias Identify claims based on
themes, language and ideas within the texts. statistical data and, in simple cases, evaluate the
Discuss the historical context of different works
■ Integer Exponents Use the laws of integer reasonableness of the claims. Identify differ-
exponents and evaluate expressions with negative
(including those within American, British and world ent methods of selecting samples, analyzing the
integer exponents. Use scientific notation for small
literature). strengths and weaknesses of each method, and
the possible bias in a sample or display.
■ Writing: Informational, Research and
Persuasive Texts Use a variety of strategies to ■ Square Roots Use irrational numbers. ■ Simple Experiments Compute probabilities
Calculate square roots. Use the inverse relation-
develop topics, and display knowledge of how to of events from simple experiments with equally
ship between squares and square roots.
organize pieces for different purposes, topics and probable outcomes.
audiences. Use note-taking skills to summarize
■ Constructions and Properties of Shapes
relevant information from carefully evaluated paper
Perform basic compass and straightedge construc-
and online sources. Write pieces with a well-defined
thesis, a balance of original ideas and evidence, and
tions, such as constructions of angle and segment scIEncE
bisectors, copies of segments and angles, and
clear and well-supported conclusions. Revise writing, The Nature of Science
perpendicular segments. Justify the constructions.
improving clarity and organization. Edit writing, cor-
Identify properties of geometric shapes.
rectly crediting all ideas and wording from sources. ■ Evaluating Conclusions Critically evaluate
■ Pythagorean Theorem Use the Pythagorean data from a simple experiment and form a logical
■ Writing: Literary Text Use graphic organiz- theorem and its converse to calculate lengths of statement about the cause-and-effect relation-
ers, a list or notebook of ideas, and various strate- ship. Compare this information against prevailing
gies to plan writing. Write biographical, descriptive theories. Identify when further studies of the prob-
and literary text that is told from a distinct point of ■ Rates Solve simple problems involving rates and lem being investigated may be necessary.
view, follows a clear organizational pattern, contains derived measurements, such as speed and density.
necessary elements of the chosen form (e.g., plot, Express measurements in a given unit in terms of
other units within the same measurement system.
8 8th Grade
The Nature of Technology Earth and Space Science ■ Chronology, Analysis and Interpretation
Recognize historical perspective. Formulate
■ Constraints, Values and the Future ■ Earth Structures Describe the cause and questions about issues confronting the United
Analyze how technological developments are history of the movement of Earth’s lithospheric
States and use a variety of sources to compare
constrained by the laws of the physical world and plates and how these movements have shaped
and contrast American culture.
by the values and priorities of diverse groups of Earth’s surface. Predict which geologic events and
people. Examine some of the issues that surface features will be present at plate boundaries. Civics and Government
when technological changes occur.
Life Science ■ Foundations of the U.S. Government
Physical Science Explain the essential ideas of constitutional gov-
■ Change in Living Systems 1. Identify that ernment, including limited government, checks
■ Properties of Matter Describe how the instructions specifying the traits of an organism and balances, rule of law, due process of law,
chemical properties of a substance are determined are found in the DNA packaged as chromosomes and representative government as they appear in
by the arrangement of atoms and molecules. Draw inside its cells. Recognize that DNA is the same in founding documents.
diagrams to show that atoms may come together as every cell of an organism. Describe how traits are
well-defined molecules and also that they may be inherited by the passage of chromosomes from one ■ Functions of the U.S. Government
packed together in large arrays. generation to another. 2. Differentiate between Identify the three branches of government and
traits that are acquired and those that are inherited. describe their powers. Explain the function of
■ Changes in Matter Describe the change Explain how a particular environment selects for government in people’s lives. Compare the pow-
in movement of atoms and molecules in a solid, traits that increase survival and production by ers reserved to federal and to state governments.
liquid and gas that occurs with a change in state. individuals bearing those traits. Explain how not all
Recognize that although such a change in state may traits that are selected for are necessarily beneficial Geography
occur, atoms and molecules are in constant motion for long-term survival of the species.
and do not change their internal structure. ■ Maps and Globes Map and describe the
major climate regions and physical regions in the
■ Chemical Changes Diagram or describe a United States. Create maps that identify physical
simple chemical change that occurs when two sub- socIAl stuDIEs growth and development of the United States.
stances, elements or compounds react and produce
one or more different substances. Use examples History ■ Human and Physical Systems Describe the
to explain that when a chemical change occurs role of major mountain ranges and river systems
in a closed system, the total mass of the system
■ The Foundations of the United States in the development of the United States. Identify
remains unchanged. Explain how chemical reac-
to 1800 Explain specific causes and effects of agricultural regions and explain land develop-
the American Revolution. Describe the roles the ment and land modification. Explain factors
tions involve the exchange or sharing of electrons
Founding Fathers played in the establishment of influencing migration and settlement.
between the atoms of the reactants.
the Republic. Identify the conflicting ideas and
■ Energy Use examples to explain that when the compromises that shaped the new nation. Economics
energy is transferred from one system to another,
■ Westward Expansion to 1861 Define ■ Development of the Nation and the
the total energy before the transfer equals the total
Manifest Destiny and explain how the United Economy Explain how the characteristics of a mar-
energy after the transfer. Describe the transfer of heat
States grew through westward expansion. ket economy have affected the development and
energy across space or through a material and how it
Describe the interactions between settlers and history of the United States from colonial explora-
involves the collision of atoms within the material.
Native American Indian groups and identify the tion through Reconstruction. Analyze the effects of
consequences of western expansion. urbanization and immigration on labor productivity
and the development of the U.S. economy.
■ Civil War and Reconstruction to 1877
Describe the impact of slavery on the United ■ Role of Government Explain the basic
States. Explain the causes of sectionalism and functions of the government in the economy of
the Civil War, including key events, individuals the United States (e.g., taxation, providing goods
and movements. Describe the policies, practices and services, promoting competition).
and consequences of Reconstruction.
8th Grade 9
For the full set of Standards, visit www.doe.in.gov/standards.
Since 3rd grade, you have been taking the Indiana Statewide Testing for
Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+). ISTEP+ is important because it lets
When is the test?
How much do you know?
You will take ISTEP+ in the spring. The test generally takes 4.5 to
your teachers know if you are ready for more advanced work or if you 6.5 hours to complete and is usually administered over three mornings.
need extra help. What’s covered on the test?
The test is based on Indiana’s Academic Standards, which are ✔ In 8th grade, the test includes questions on English/language arts
some of the best in the country. Academic standards and mathematics.
outline the knowledge and skills you need to learn
✔ There are two parts:
at each grade level to graduate from high school
prepared for college, careers and citizenship. ■ In March, you will take part
(An overview of the key concepts in the grade 8 one, which includes an essay and
standards is on pages 8 and 9.) other questions that will ask you to write
down your answers.
■ In late April or early May, you will take
th at0a1Glance11 ISTEP+
part two, which includes multiple-
8 ade 2 0 –20
Subjects Types of questions Get ready for
English/language arts Essay and the Graduation
March Math short answer Examination
English/language arts Multiple choice ISTEP+ is just one in a series of tests that you will take throughout your
Late April or early May Math educational career. As part of Indiana’s high school diploma requirements,
you will need to pass Indiana’s Graduation Examination.
The Graduation Examination includes two smaller tests you will
take after completing courses in Algebra I and English 10.
Some students take Algebra I in 8th grade or even earlier, so
you may take that part of the Graduation Examination this year.
To find out more, contact your school counselor.
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Cramming for any test is never the best way to prepare.
Keep up with your homework, complete assignments and Have a good breakfast
ask your teacher for help when you need it. Protein such as eggs, meat, cheese or yogurt will help you
perform better than a sugary doughnut. Too much food
Review can make you feel sleepy, so don’t overdo it.
ISTEP+ checks what you should be learning. Your teacher
may do some reviewing during class in the weeks before Take a break
you take ISTEP+. Take it seriously. When you get the chance, get up and walk
around. Too much sitting can make you
Get plenty of sleep restless during the test.
Go to bed a little earlier so you get a good night’s sleep.
Being well rested will give you an extra boost of energy for Ask for help
test day. If you’ve had trouble with the ISTEP+
in the past, ask a teacher, counselor
or parent for help right now. Passing To find out more about ISTEP+, go to
ISTEP+ is important every year.
Your school and community have
extra help available. Be sure to take
10 8th Grade advantage of it.
Find the right Fit
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In high school, take classes that will
help you explore your interests and
start to figure out what you want to
do in life. Right now, you also can
use these other tools:
Check out www.learnmoreindiana.
org/careers for career interest
inventories (like Career Clickers Job shadowing is a great way
to see what a job is really like by
eXpress and Career Clickers
eXpanded) and hundreds of spending the day with someone
career profiles to help you start who works in a career that inter-
The creative arts (which include
figuring out what jobs might ests you. Even spending a day
music, acting and painting) teach
interest you. with one of your family members
creativity and self-expression
at work is a great start.
— important skills companies
Drive of Your Life
an online activity that lets you
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explore interests in new areas
desire in their workers.
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explore your career interests and develop leadership skills.
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I’m an “SIE
Take the Quiz
Eighth grade is a great time to start exploring options for your future. What do you love to do?
Whether it’s playing sports, building models or playing an instrument, what you like to spend
time doing today says a lot about the career you might
want to pursue.
1. activities or people that are the most
In each section, check the subjects,
Don’t be clueless — start exploring your interests now. appealing to you.
Follow the three steps at right to take an inventory of
your interests and match them to possible careers. If
2. Count the number of itemsnumber at
in each section. Write this
the end of each section.
interactive quizzes are more your style, you can take
the online version of this quiz — called Career Clickers 3. Write containing the highest numbers at
the letters from the three sec-
eXpress — at www.learnmoreindiana.org/careers.
the top of the next page, from greatest
Whichever version you choose, the quiz is easy — and fun. ill
to smallest. This is your career code. An “ICR” w
love this part ; -)
✓ R ✓ I ✓ A
Gardening Advanced math Being in a play
Auto mechanics Astronomy Drawing or painting
Carpentry Physics World languages
Exercising or working out Using a chemistry set Reading about art or music
Wildlife biology Being in a science fair Going to concerts
Building things Doing puzzles Fashion design
Fixing electrical things Building rocket models Creative writing
Driving a truck Working in a science lab Playing an instrument
= ToTAl r = ToTAl I = ToTAl A
✓ S ✓ E ✓ C
Studying foreign cultures Talking with people at a party Using spreadsheets
Community service Working on a sales campaign Using a cash register
Teaching children Buying materials for a store Working in an office
Helping people Selling a product Typing reports
Making new friends Being with leaders Following a budget
Attending sports events Being elected class president Using copiers or faxes
Belonging to a club Giving speeches Keeping detailed reports
Working with elderly people Talking to salespersons Filing letters and reports
= ToTAl S = ToTAl e = ToTAl C
12 8th Grade
Find the right Fit
Fill in your code: __ __ __
R I Investigative
Realistic people have athletic or mechanical abili- Investigative people like to observe, learn, investi-
ties. They usually like to work outdoors with objects, gate, analyze, evaluate or solve problems.
machines, tools, plants or animals.
Auto body repairer Farmer Biologist Fire investigator
Cabinet maker Landscaper Chemist Meteorologist
Commercial driver Mechanic Doctor Pharmacist
Electrician Surveyor Engineer Veterinarian
A Artistic S Social
Artistic people have innovative or intuitive abilities. Social people like to work with others. They like
They usually like to work in an unstructured situa- to inform, enlighten, help, train, develop or cure
tion, using their imagination or creativity. people. They also may be skilled with words.
Actor/actress Interior decorator Athletic trainer Probation officer
Architect Musician Counselor Psychologist
Composer Stage director Dental hygienist Speech therapist
Dancer Writer Physical therapist Teacher
E Enterprising C Conventional
Enterprising people also like to work with people, Conventional people like to work with data, have
but they like to influence, persuade or perform. clerical or numerical ability, and pay attention to
They like to lead or manage for organizational goals detail.
or economic gain.
Air traffic controller Administrative assistant
Computer operator Tax preparer
Flight attendant Salesperson
Mail carrier Analyst
Insurance agent Travel agent
Do You Feel That You Fit? Now What?
It’s OK if you don’t think you fit any of 1. To www.learnmoreindiana.org/careers. Click on the “Advanced“Career Profiles”
learn more about careers that match your interests, go to
the results above. Most occupations and where it says “RIASEC,” enter your career code. Then click the “Get
include more than one career code let- Careers” button. You will get a list of careers that match your interests, along
with detailed profiles about each career.
ter. For example, although doctors are
mainly investigative, they also fall within 2. Investigate other career options through the Learn More Indiana website,
the social and artistic areas. Interest
inventories can help you explore career 3. Talk to your parents, teachers, school counselor and other adults about your
preferences and career options.
ideas that may not have occurred to
you, but they are not meant to limit your 4. Record your for details). This information can help as you your Graduation Plan
(see page 7
career code and possible career interests in
choose your high school
choices. More are available online at electives and other courses and as you plan for college.
8th Grade 13
Find the right Fit put Your Hands on Some Cash
Choosing the Right $
College for You Money may not be the only thing you need for
the future you want, but getting a good job that
More and more good jobs — those that pay a good salary earns a good paycheck gives you flexibility to
and have room to move up the career ladder — require a pursue your dreams. And the more you learn,
two- or four-year college degree or an apprenticeship. the more you earn …
Although you don’t have to decide on a college just yet,
8th grade is a great time to start exploring your options.
Average annual earnings (in thousands)
There are thousands of colleges and universities in the of full-time workers, by degree
United States — more than 70 college campuses and 80
apprenticeship programs in Indiana alone — and each one $50.0
has its own distinct personality.
Dollars (in thousands)
With so many options, it is good to get started early so you $30.0
can choose the one that best suits your interests. $30.8
Talk to your parents, friends and school counselor.
Tell them what you picture when thinking about $10.0
“college.” Is the campus a small community, filled with $0.0
a wide variety of people or something else? How many
students should be in your classes? What do your fellow ifetime …
Over a llifetime earnings (in millions)
students do for fun on the weekends? Having these Average
conversations now can help you discover the types of full-time workers, by degree
of colleges that fit your interests. Later, in grades 11
and 12, you’ll start to narrow down your options based $2.5
on more specific factors, like what you plan to study,
Dollars (in millions)
distance from home and other important factors.
Take a virtual tour. Many college websites offer virtual $1.4
tools that provide a feel for the campus. An online look at a $1.0
campus is a great first step to take before an actual visit.
Visit in person. Colleges and apprenticeship programs $0.0
love it when 8th grade students visit. If there is a campus
in your community or one nearby, ask to visit. If your family Bachelor’s Associate’s High school High school
degree degree graduate dropout
is traveling on vacation, ask if you can stop at a college Source: College Board, Education Pays 2004: The Beneﬁts of Higher Education for Individuals and Society
or two along the way. Visits can be scheduled with the
admissions office, or you and your family can just wander
around the campus.
4 Attend a regional college fair. In addition to visiting
college campuses, attend one of the many regional
college fairs around the state. Colleges set up booths
at these fairs and distribute information about their
Completing Core 40 may make it easier to pay for college.
Earning a Core 40 with Academic Honors or Core 40 with
Technical Honors diploma means you may be eligible for
schools. Check out locations and dates for regional even more state financial aid — up to 100 percent of
college fairs at www.learnmoreindiana.org/collegefairs. approved tuition and regularly assessed fees at an eligible
Indiana college or university. (Other diploma types —
Get college tuition paid for right now. Apply for the including Core 40 — are eligible for 80 percent.) See
Twenty-first Century Scholars www.in.gov/ssaci for more information.
GEAR UP program. (See page 17.)
In addition, completing any of the Core 40 diplomas can
position you to earn a federal Academic Competitiveness
Grant. See www.studentaid.ed.gov for more information.
14 8th Grade
put Your Hands on Some Cash
uiz Think you’ll have it made with just any job?
q Picture your perfect life in 10 years, then take our
quiz to find out what you’ll need for that oh-so-cool
future during your first two years in the workforce.
1. Housing 4. entertainment 7. educational plans (circle one)
I’d like to live in (circle one) My entertainment will be a. high school dropout
a. an unfurnished one-bedroom (circle all that apply) b. high school graduate
apartment a. a movie, four times a month c. proprietary (private career) school
b. a furnished one-bedroom b. golfing, three times a month d. apprenticeship program
apartment c. surfing the Internet and watching e. two years of college
c. a rented two-bedroom house cable TV every night f. four years of college
d. a two-bedroom house that I d. biking, rollerblading, hiking and g. four years of college, plus a
will own other outdoor sports master’s degree
e. attending a concert, once a month h. professional degree (such as a
law or medical degree)
I’d like to drive a (circle one)
a. new economy car I’d like to (circle all that apply)
b. used economy car a. have a phone
c. new midsize car b. have a cell phone
d. used midsize car c. not have a phone
e. new sports car
f. used sports car
g. new truck
h. used truck
I plan to purchase
(circle one in each group)
I’d like to (circle one)
a. buy groceries and cook all my
a. renter’s insurance
b. homeowner’s insurance
b. eat all of my meals at fast food
c. no renter’s/homeowner’s insurance
c. cook some and eat out some
a. I plan to continue my education
after high school so the job
I hold is likely to provide
insurance as a benefit.
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put Your Hands on Some Cash
Match your answers from the previous page to the approximate monthly costs
below and then enter the totals in the space at the bottom of each column.
2. Transportation 3. Food 4. entertainment 5. phone 6. Insurance
If you plan to Include all that apply Include all that apply Include all that apply
have a room- a. $400 (new a. $250 (buy gro-
mate, reduce economy car) ceries and cook a. $32 (movie four a. $30 (phone) Home
these amounts b. $250 (used meals) times a month) b. $60 (cell phone) a. $20 (renter’s
by one half. economy car) b. $450 (eat at fast b. $90 (golf three c. $0 (no phone) insurance)
c. $550 (new food restaurants) times a month) b. $30 (homeown-
a. $475 midsize car) c. $300 (cook c. $100 (cable TV er’s insurance)
(unfurnished, d. $350 (used some and eat + Internet) c. $0 (no
one bedroom) midsize car) out some) d. $0 (outdoor insurance)
b. $600 (furnished, e. $700 (new activities)
one bedroom) sports car) e. $70 (concert
c. $800 (rented, f. $450 (used one time per
a. $0 (insurance —
two bedroom) sports car) month)
d. $1,000 g. $710 (new truck) b. $160 (insurance
(purchased, h. $425 (used — you pay)
two bedroom) truck) c. $0 (no insurance)
unt h $
_____ + _____ + _____ + _____ + _____ + _____
Car Clothing Doctor and Utilities Savings
a. $100 (Add this Estimate your Dentist Visits $95 Experts recommend
amount for car monthly clothing At an average of Add this amount for saving 10 percent
insurance. Liabil- costs. four visits per year, utilities. of your income
ity insurance is you should budget: (use income figures
required by law laundry a. $80 if you have below).
in Indiana.) $20 minimum medical insur-
+ dry cleaning ance (see #6,
Add up the
above) amounts in all
b. $300 if you do of the boxes
not have medical above.
_____ + _____ + _____ + _____ + _____ = ______
Now based on the educational plan you selected on #7 on page 15,
find out your estimated monthly income (after taxes and medical insurance).
a. $1,100 High school dropout
b. $1,400 High school graduate
c. $2,100 Proprietary (private career) school
d. $2,100 Apprenticeship program
e. $2,000 Associate’s degree (2 years of college)
f. $2,800 Bachelor’s degree (4–6 years of college)
g. $3,000 Master’s degree (5–6 years of college)
h. $5,200 Professional degree (6+ years of college)
Which was greater — your expenses or your income?
How much money will you need to earn to live the life you want to live?
How much education will you need to pay your bills?
Did you pick the right educational plan?
16 8th Grade
bonus put Your Hands on Some Cash
Be Smart, You Can
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How do you keep in touch with your friends? Do you call, text, but you can find the mo
College is expensive,
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Between now and your college. Right now,
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gotten into serious trouble. They posted something they
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shouldn’t, met people online who persuaded them to do things
that are wrong or texted someone an inappropriate photo.
Become a Twenty-first
Tips to Be Safe Century Scholar
The Twenty-first Century Scholars GEAR UP program is too great
★ Follow your parents’ and school’s rules about computer use a deal to pass up.
(or risk losing your privileges).
Indiana started Twenty-first Century Scholars to ensure that
★ Never give out personal information. Don’t ever reveal your every student can afford a college education. Income-eligible
6th, 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill
name, address, phone number, Social Security number,
a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed the cost of four
passwords, names of your family members, your parents’ years of college tuition at any participating public college or
credit card numbers or the name of your school. It can happen university in Indiana.
accidentally — for example, a picture of you in a school shirt or
If you attend a private or an independent institution, the
at an event could let someone know where you go to school or
state will award an amount comparable to that of a public
live — so be careful. When in doubt, don’t post it. institution. If you attend a participating proprietary (private
career) school, the state will award a tuition scholarship equal
★ Make sure your online identity (e-mail address, screen name, to that of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.
etc.) doesn’t identify whether you are male or female. When
using chat rooms or posting on blogs, use names that are As a Twenty-first Century Scholar, you can get help finding free
tutoring, a mentor and a part-time job, and once you get to
different from your e-mail addresses.
college, students who are Twenty-first Century Scholars
receive support to finish their college degrees.
★ If you use Facebook, MySpace or Twitter, pay close attention to
your privacy settings. Work with your parents to make sure only But first you have to apply. Students and their
people you all know and approve of can access your accounts. parents must complete and return the application
by June 30 of the 8th grade year. Don’t wait.
★ Remember that everything you post or e-mail is saved forever, Apply today at www.scholars.in.gov. (It’s
the best way to apply.) Questions? Visit
so write or text only what you are willing to say in person.
www.scholars.in.gov, see your school
Pictures, e-mails and text messages can also get easily counselor or call 1-888-528-4719.
forwarded beyond whomever you want to see them. Before
sending anything, ask yourself if you want your parents,
grandparents, teachers, kids at school, potential
employers or colleges to see it (because there’s a good
chance they just might). And never post
anything online about others you would not
want posted about yourself. For more information
on Internet safety, visit
★ Keeping a journal is a great way to keep track of
your thoughts and ideas. You should consider www.safeteens.com or
keeping your journal in a notebook rather than a www.netsmartz.org.
blog or website. Anything you write or any pictures
or videos you post on the Internet are available for
all to see … not just your friends. 8th Grade 17
Be a pain, in a Good Way …
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Ask for Help
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Talk to Your Parents
The best way to communicate with parents, or any adult, is to keep talking
to them no matter what. Strong relationships really depend on keeping
open the lines of communication. Here are some ways to approach your
parents (or any adult) with an important topic:
Plan what you want to say Pick a good time to talk. Try
ahead of time. Think over what to approach them at a time
you want to say in advance, and when you know they’ll be less
write down the two or three most busy and more able to focus on
important points you want to make. you. You may even want to ask if
they could talk at a particular time
Let them know directly that so that you know you’ll have their
there’s something you’d like attention.
to discuss. To be sure you have
their full attention, be direct in your Write it down first. Some people
language. Say, “There’s something find it easier to put their ideas into
are challenged. Using respectful
important I want to talk to you a letter. Let the other person read it
language and behavior is important.
about,” instead of, “Hey, when you and then have your discussion.
Resist the temptation to use
have a moment, I’d like to talk.”
Disagree without disrespect. sarcasm, yell or put down your
Parents are only human, and they parents, and you’ll have a much
can feel offended when their views better chance of finding a solution.
Teachers Are Questions for
People, Too Your School Counselor
It may be hard to think of your
Your school counselor is one of your best resources as you plan for high school
teachers as real people. But given and college. Take the first step and make an appointment to discuss your plans.
the chance, they can offer you the The following are some basic questions that you might ask your counselor:
kind of advice and support that ■ What courses should I take to prepare ■ How do I explore careers?
might change your life forever. myself for life after high school?
■ Do you have any after-school or evening
■ How should I use my electives? sessions available for exploring careers?
■ Where can I get extra help if I need it? ■ What are the “Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs”?
■ What activities can I do at home and over ■ What are the new careers in science,
the summer to help me plan for college? technology, engineering and math?
■ What kinds of grades do different col-
18 8th Grade
✓ Your 8th Grade
Hap e It
Keep it all straight: Start working on
your Graduation Plan now!
✓ Read 8th Grade from cover to cover.
Focus on your classes and stay on top of home-
2 Find the Right Fit
Complete a career interest inventory at
work assignments. www.learnmoreindiana.org/careers.
Take a learning-style assessment (if you Visit www.driveofyourlife.org to explore some more.
haven’t already) to understand the ways you Get involved.
learn new information best. One is available
Join clubs, play sports, explore the arts and
volunteer — great ways to expand your career
Sign up for the right high school classes — Core 40. interests and prepare for future scholarship
Reach higher — find out about classes that will opportunities.
challenge you (Advanced Placement, dual credit, Remember to keep a list of your involvement
International Baccalaureate) and their prerequisites. as well as any awards or recognitions you receive.
Set a goal of earning a distinguished diploma The grade-specific insert for the Graduation
(Core 40 with Academic Honors or Core 40 with Plan has space for this. Download it at
Technical Honors). www.learnmoreindiana.org/plan.
Start a world language. Start thinking about college now.
Use your electives to explore possible careers. Explore Indiana’s public universities and private
colleges at www.learnmoreindiana.org/college.
Ask to visit universities or a college fair in your area.
Put Your Hands It’s never too early to start gathering information.
on Some Cash
Apply for the Twenty-first Century Scholars
GEAR UP program now to help pay for college
later (see page 17).
Do the Ready for the Real World activity on
page 15 or at www.learnmoreindiana.org/
4 Be a Pain, in a Good
Way — Ask for Help
Discuss your future plans with your family and
other adults. Fill out the Graduation Plan with your
realworld to test your financial savvy.
school counselor. (See page 7.)
If you don’t have one, request your Social
In the spring, an orientation session may be
Security number at www.ssa.gov or by calling
offered by your high school. Go to it!
1-800-772-1213 — you’ll need it for financial
aid and job applications. Bookmark www.learnmoreindiana.org and add
1-800-992-2076 to speed dial. You can turn to
Save money. College is a great investment in
Learn More Indiana for tips on how to do well in
school now and how to get to college later.
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your mind to think logically.
You Every occupation uses math in
some way, and the fastest-growing,
highest-paid jobs rely heavily on math
skills. Encourage your child to take and succeed
in math; he or she should take a rigorous math
course all four years of high school (no slacking
1. Have high expectations. It is important for
your child to know that you value education.
senior year). Even if your child struggles with
math, don’t reinforce the myth that math is hard
— enforce the fact that math is power!
Has your child completed a Graduation Plan?
(See page 7 for details.) Make sure your stu- Get involved. Volunteer, participate in parent-
dent understands that you expect him or her to teacher organizations and attend school
work hard, graduate and continue learning after events. Your involvement will have a big impact
high school. on your child’s education. Most schools offer
2. Use free tools to drive academic success!
The Indiana Department of Education can help
parent nights or teacher-parent sessions that
provide great information. Check your school’s
calendar for details.
you “Take the Wheel” of your child’s education.
Use the Parent Checklist and Growth Model to plan for the future. College is an important
understand how your student is doing in the investment that will pay back for a lifetime. Call
classroom. To get these free tools and impor- Learn More Indiana at 1-800-992-2076 or visit
tant questions to ask your student’s teachers www.learnmoreindiana.org/ordermaterials to
and administrators, visit www.doe.in.gov. order a free copy of Indiana’s Guide to Paying for
3. Talk to teachers. Teachers know how hard
students are working, how well they are
behaving, the quality of their homework and
what areas need improvement. E-mail or call
College: An Introduction for Families and Students.
Apply for the Twenty-first Century Scholars GEAR
UP program (www.scholars.in.gov or 1-888-528-
4719). Open a savings account and investigate
opportunities like Indiana’s 529 college savings
your child’s teachers to check in periodically. plans (www.collegechoiceplan.com), which
Ask how your child is learning what’s in can help pay for education after high school.
Indiana’s Academic Standards. Remember, a few dollars saved each month now
4. Don’t buckle on homework. If your child is
not studying at home, ask why and check with
teachers. Making sure your child does his or
her homework and studies is crucial for aca- 9.
can make a big difference in the future.
lead by example. Show your child firsthand
the importance of education. Take a class. Fin-
ish your diploma. Earn a college degree. Seeing
demic success. you demonstrate a personal commitment to
5. Ask for help. Students who are struggling in a
particular class may need extra help. Contact
your school and make sure your student gets
the support he or she needs. Catching a prob-
lifelong learning sends your child a powerful
message about the importance of education.
learn more. Learn More Indiana has free
information to help Indiana students and
lem area early can make a big difference. families explore careers, prepare and
pay for college, stay on track
for academic success, and
more. Try it out: Visit
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