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                              level 2-4
                                                                 Metacognitive Reading and
                  Class       ESL                  Subject:                                               Prepared By:      Connie Daugherty
                                                                 Career Awareness
                              class


Overview & Purpose                                                                                                Standards Addressed
What will be learned and why it is useful.
                                                                                                                     WA Read with Understanding
The basic steps of metacognitive pre-reading, so they can use them whenever they read.                               WA Convey Ideas in writing
                                                                                                                     WA Speaking Standards
Student career awareness, especially about careers that our college trains for and careers that local employers
need, so they have a better chance of getting living-wage jobs.                                                      Ability to obtain needed information
                                                                                                                     Collaborate to gather information



                                                                              Teacher Guide
Objectives                              Use at least four basic metacognitive pre-reading strategies in a useful context               Materials Needed
(Specify skills/information that will                                                                                                   Paper
be learned.)
                                        List these four basic pre-reading strategies or questions.                                      Pencil
                                                                                                                                        BTC Career Fair Flyer
                                        Find and list at least one career our college trains for.                                       Career Fair at BTC handouts:
                                                                                                                                          Before the Class Assignment,
                                        Ask questions about that career and write the answers.                                            Career Fair at BTC, and
                                                                                                                                          After the Career Fair
                                        Find and list at least two employers that are seeking employees.                                BTC Job Training Pamphlets
                                                                                                                                        BTC website
                                        Practice speaking with Americans about jobs.                                                    Dictionaries/picture dictionaries
                                                                                                                                        Prepared list of related careers and
                                                                                                                                          career-training available on
Review or connect to:                   Previous lessons on job titles and their job history                                              campus (from BTC Job Training
(Previous knowledge, vocabulary)                                                                                                          pamphlets)
                                        In some cases, previous lessons on reading

                                        Ideally, this would be connected to career awareness surveys they took, such as
                                        Envision Your Career or Picture Interest Career Survey or other career
                                        awareness activities they did prior (see Career Awareness for Low Level ESL
                                        lesson plan).

Presentation of lesson                  Appraisal: Have students answer questions about what they do before they read
(new content)                           something (in writing, so they have more time to reflect), in the Before the Class
                                        Assignment handout.
                                                                                                                            Other Resources
                                     Anticipatory: Ask students what jobs they would like to have. If students have         (e.g. Web, books, etc.)
                                     taken career awareness surveys, they can discuss their Holland Code job
                                     preferences.                                                                           BTC website
                                                                                                                            BTC Job Training Pamphlets
                                     Lesson: Show students the BTC Career Fair flyer and the Career Fair at BTC             Company Pamphlets handed out at the
                                     handout. (Questions were made general enough so this lesson could pertain to           career fair
                                     any career fair.) Help them follow the written directions, answering questions         Click on BTC Careers handout
                                     about the bolded words, then the pictures. Emphasize (help them be aware of)
                                     these are steps they should take each time they read and pre-read.

                                     As students answer questions #4-5 about careers available in this career field
                                     and/or jobs they’re interested in, they will probably need to brainstorm job titles,
                                     use picture dictionaries and ask for help. (They can be given the BTC Job
                                     Training Pamphlets to look at just for job titles at this point, but we don’t want
                                     them to get all the answers to their questions yet, so it’s best if the job training   Additional Notes
                                     pamphlets are just used for pictures and bolded job titles.)

                                     Questions #6 & 7 go back to metacognitive pre-reading strategies.                      For students who have learned their
                                                                                                                            Holland Code preferences, this is also
                                     Next activity: Practice pronunciation of questions they can ask people at the          a good opportunity for seeing which
                                     career fair. They can repeat in a group and do pair practice (listening to each        careers in the career field being
                                     other, not answering the questions). Continue until students feel confident and        presented will be most suited to them,
                                     are clearly understood.                                                                and extra time should be allotted to
                                                                                                                            look this up.


Independent/Group                    Go to the career fair and ask people questions they’ve practiced (and other            For level 2 students, allow more time
Practice                             questions if they can). Fill out their handouts from the answers they hear and         and more tutors. They will need more
(Describe the independent activity   from what they read and observe. Get familiar with local employers and career
to reinforce this lesson)
                                                                                                                            help with job titles, the idea of a “career
                                     training options. Collect addresses, websites, phone numbers and names that            fair”, and the concept of reading
                                     could help them in future job hunting.                                                 strategies. They will also need to go at
                                                                                                                            a slower pace and made need a couple
                                     Students will probably be interested enough that they will try to read through the     class periods before they’re ready to
                                     brochures they picked up at the career fair.                                           talk to Americans at the career fair.


Summary/Closure
                                     The next day: Have each student talk about what he/she learned at the career
                                     fair and about his/her experience.


                                     Have students review pre-reading strategies in Questions #1-2 in the After the
                                     Career Fair handout. Have them list what they did/can do before they read
                                     anything, referring back to their BTC Career Fair handout. (Lower-level
                                     students will probably want to answer questions as if they are only about this
                                     reading assignment, rather than any text, and the confusion/error and extra time
                                     spent on it may actually help them remember the concept better.) Return their
                                     Before the Career Fair handout and have them compare their answers.
                             Questions #3-6 continue with questions about their experiences at the job fair
                             and about getting information. Have them share their questions about the
                             careers and brainstorm how to find out the information. Look through the BTC
                             Job Training pamphlets to answer some of their questions, such as the length of
                             training, approximate salaries, etc.

                             At the end of this lesson, students should have a good grasp of some pre-
                             reading strategies and should feel more confident about how to get information
                             about job training and jobs.

                             Other follow-up opportunities:

                             If computers are available, this could be a good springboard for the Click on
                             BTC Careers activity, to get students familiar with the BTC website and the job
                             training information there.

                             You may want to assign another reading assignment with reminders (in print
                             with the reading strategies “bookmark” ideally) of pre-reading steps. This could
                             be done as a later follow-up activity.

                             Continue to ask students the pre-reading strategy questions with other reading
                             lessons.

Assessment                   Assessment tools: The finished Career Fair at BTC handout and
                             After the Assignment questions (compare to Before the Assignment questions to
                             see progress).

                             Students who complete the Career Fair at BTC handout will use at least 4 pre-
                             reading strategies.

                             They will list four pre-reading strategies in After the Assignment.

                             They will find and list at least one career our college trains for in the process of
                             doing the Career Fair at BTC.

                             They will ask questions about that career at the career fair and write the
                             answers on Career Fair at BTC.

                             To do this, they must practice speaking with Americans about jobs.

                             They will also find and list at least two employers that are seeking employees at
                             the career fair.

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