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									                                                                   Write it Right – Cover Letter LP
                                                                                   “Get a Job” Unit
                                   (1st Practicum Lesson Plan)

                                        Write it Right!
    Preparing a Personalized and Professional Cover Letter
Suggested Grade Level: 9-10 grade students
Content Areas: Introduction to Marketing 8111
Overall Description of the Unit:
The focus of this Unit, Get a Job, is to prepare the students for seeking
employment including summer and part-time jobs, volunteer positions including
community service activities, and prepare students for the application process for
further education and employment positions for careers. This Unit provides
students the opportunity to investigate and identify possible career choices that
match their abilities, evaluate the experiences both in work and volunteer
situations they have already held, determine the appropriate dress for job hunting
and interviewing, prepare a resume and cover letter (which is this lesson),
complete an application, and complete an interview and follow-up to the
interview.

Overall Objectives/SOLs:
Career & Technical Education (CTE) Competencies:
Examining the Marketing Employment Process
     024      Compose a cover letter.


SOL Objective Linkages:
English 10.8 The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling,
sentence structure, and paragraphing. Distinguish between active and passive voice.
English 10.11 The student will collect, evaluate, organize, and present information. Use technology to
access information, plan, and develop writing.
C/T12.2 The student will use application software to accomplish a variety of learning tasks. Design
and manipulate databases and generate customized reports.
C/T12.4 The student will demonstrate skill in the selection and use of appropriate technologies to
gather, process and analyze data and to report information related to an investigation. Use a wide
variety of electronic media and databases to search for and retrieve information. Evaluate the usefulness,
appropriateness, currency, and reliability of acquired information.

Place of Graphics in Overall Unit:
For this lesson, the students will design their own stationary letterhead through
the use of Desktop Publishing for their cover letter to their resume. This design,
including type style, text boxes, and graphics, will also be used for their resume
and reference sheet to create an employability “package” feel to their cover letter,
resume, reference sheet, and application – all the essential parts of the “Get a
Job” Unit.

Type of Graphic (DROET):
This is a Decorative Graphic. Each student’s stationary design will provide a
personalized feel to that student’s employability “package”. It is also



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representational graphics because students will be representing themselves
through the nature of their design.

Description of ACTS (G):
  A. Authentic Problem – “Attention Students! It’s almost summer and your
      parents are itching for you to get a job! They don’t want you laying around
      the house like last year! And besides, you will be getting that driver’s
      license soon and need to be putting money in the bank for that beast car
      you’ll be driving! But first you need to put some thoughts down on paper
      about what you have done in the past and what makes you the person to
      hire for a job. And you have to create “Eye Appeal” on paper with a
      design to the cover letter you will need for your resume and applications.
      Your resume and any further correspondences with perspective
      employers will have the same decorative design and professional look to
      create an employability “package”. This attention to detail will really
      impress that person who you interview with for that great summer job!”
  B. Clear Outcome/Product – The student will prepare a generic cover letter
      with information about what makes him/her an employable person, the
      right person for the job. The cover letter with have a personalized look
      through the use of Desktop Publishing including graphics, type style, and
      text boxes that will also be used with the resume, reference sheet, and
      other communications.
  C. Thinking Skills – The student will determine what makes them the best
      person for a job, their qualifications, their abilities, and their past
      experiences that will lead to success at a new position. The student will
      design a personalized and professional look on paper for the letter
      stationary that will be used with his/her resume, reference sheet and other
      communications.
  D. Graphics Skills – The student will utilize Desktop Publishing including the
      drawing tool bar and images from the Internet and/or clip art as well as
      text boxes to design his/her stationary that will also be the template for
      his/her resume, reference sheet and other communications.

Sequence of Events – Overall Action Plan:

Materials:

Students will be provided with a wireless laptop computer with Internet
connection established. They will have access to Microsoft Word and their H
drive along with the school Shared drive.

Procedure:

Preparation – Teacher:
Prepare overview sheet and grading rubric for students with written directions of
expectations for this lesson and an example to be shown in class. Provide



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instruction with additional staff in the classroom for tutorial on the use of Desktop
Publishing features.

Preparation – Students:
Students will have prepared a rough draft of a letter regarding their desired
employment, their abilities, qualifications, and accomplishments. This draft will
be reviewed by the teacher for suggestions and completeness.
As a class, the students will have a tutorial on the use of Desktop Publishing
features in Microsoft Word and be ready to utilize their time well.
This activity will can be completed in one and ½ - 99 minute blocks for a total of
144 minutes or can by spaced over out over three 45 minute class segments,
giving time for reflection and review at the end of each segment.

Observations:
Through the use of Desktop Publishing, students are easily able to personalize
their written word and create a professional looking “package” representing who
they are.

Evaluation Strategy:
Students will be graded through the use of a rubric with all criteria being met
receiving the highest scores. Students will include the cover letter with his/her
resume, reference sheet, and application as part of the interview process and
follow-up, creating a personalized and professional “Get a Job” employability
package.

Students will also be asked to complete a brief survey about this lesson plan to
determine its success or need for additions/changes.

The teacher will keep a journal of this lesson plan and how the class progressed
through the activity, providing insight to needs and successes of the lesson plan.

Conclusions:
Any opportunity for the student to express themselves in a creative fashion that
allows for the student’s personality to become part of the presentation is a great
achievement and allows for the student to gain confidence in his/her abilities and
creativities. Desktop Publishing of any kind is a great way for student
expression.




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                           (Desktop Publishing Activity)

                              Write it Right!
       Preparing a Personalized and Proper Cover Letter
“Attention Students! It’s almost summer and your parents are itching for you to
get a job! They don’t want you laying around the house like last year! And
besides, you will be getting that driver’s license soon and need to be putting
money in the bank for that beast car you’ll be driving! But first you need to put
some thoughts down on paper about what you have done in the past and what
makes you the person to hire for a job. And you have to create “EYE Appeal” on
paper with a design to the cover letter you will need for your resume and
applications. Your resume and any further correspondences with perspective
employers will have the same decorative design and professional look to create
an employability “package”. This attention to detail will really impress that person
who you interview with for that great summer job!”

Here is your assignment:

1. After reviewing the examples of Cover Letters provided and discussed in
   class, create a rough draft of your cover letter for the type of employment you
   are seeking. Be sure to include:

      As statement of the type of employment you are looking for.
      Your abilities and qualifications for a position.
      Your accomplishments that are noteworthy and support your abilities.
      Show what you have written to the teacher for suggestions/approval.

2. On your laptop, open Microsoft Word. You will be guided through a tutorial of
   the Desktop Publishing features available to you in order to design your
   personal and professional letterhead.

3. Sketch out your letterhead design, then create it in Microsoft Word. Save this
   as your template for other parts of the “Get a Job” Unit.

4. Complete your cover letter from you draft on your new letterhead template.
   Save as your “cover letter”.

5. All cover letters will be turned in and graded as a test grade using the
   attached rubric. The cover letter will then be included with the “Get a Job”
   package for final grading.




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                                  (Grading Rubric)

          Desktop Publishing Activity Grading Rubric
This grading rubric will be used to reflect your test grade for this lesson work.
Please be sure you complete all aspect of your Inspiration as instructed.

         Tasks              Includes All      Includes part of      Includes none
(Total of 20 points for      Elements           the Elements       of the Elements
       each task)
 Desktop Publishing
   Design used to
  Create Letterhead
Proper Letter Format
Desired Employment
         Stated
Abilities/Qualifications
       Highlighted
  Accomplishments
         Noted
         Totals
  (Out of 100 possible
         points)
   Extra Credit for
    exceptional
   “EYE Appeal”
    Final Grade




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Write it Right! Preparing a Personalized and Proper Cover Letter
Student Survey of Success: Please answer the following questions to assist
your teacher in improving this Lesson Plan about Cover Letters.

1. Did you learn how to do something new or different in the use of design and
desktop publishing in Microsoft Word?
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2. What specific things did you learn how to do?
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3. Would you be able to teach someone else how do design a letterhead
template?
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4. Will you use this letterhead template that you designed for other documents?
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5. What did you like best about creating your Cover Letter?
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6. What did you like best about creating your Resume?
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7. What did you like best about creating your Reference Sheet?
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8. What would you change about this activity to make it more worthwhile for
you?
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                             Write it Right!
   Preparing a Personalized and Professional Cover Letter
Teacher’s Journal:

This is a journal to provide the teacher with an opportunity to keep additional
notes and information about how the lesson progressed in class, instances of
inspiration or additional teaching, learning abilities and capabilities of the
students, other ideas and reflections on the impact of the lesson.
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                                 (Letter to Parents)

                             King George High School
                               8246 Dahlgren Road
                           King George, Virginia 22485
                                  540-775-3055

September 10, 2007



Dear Parents,

Your student’s Introduction to Marketing class has just started their “Get a Job”
Unit. The focus of this Unit is to prepare the students for seeking employment
including summer and part-time jobs, volunteer positions including community
service activities, and prepare students for the application process for further
education and employment positions for careers. This Unit provides students the
opportunity to investigate and identify possible career choices that match their
abilities, evaluate the experiences both in work and volunteer situations they
have already held, determine the appropriate dress for job hunting and
interviewing, prepare a resume and cover letter (which is this lesson), complete
an application, and complete an interview and follow-up to the interview.

The students will be creating a template for all written correspondence necessary
in seeking employment. This template will be designed using Desktop Publishing
techniques available in Microsoft Word. Our first activity will be the creation of
this template for use with the “Get a Job” package cover letter. Students will also
create their resume, a list of references, and their follow-up letter for an interview
utilizing this template.

The students will utilize the COW (computers on wheels) laptops in the
classroom this week and be working with Microsoft Word that is really much
more than a word processing program as they will find out from their additional
in-class tutoring session! Desktop Publishing allows the user a great deal of
personal creativity which will add so much to the “EYE Appeal” of your student’s
final “Get a Job” package!

Desktop Publishing applications and tools are another way for your student to
express his knowledge and understanding of concepts gained in the classroom.
It is an opportunity for the artist in each one of us to be evident in our written
presentations. This form of graphics will also convey meaning to the audience in
a way to enhance your student’s self presentation skills, adding another tool to
his/her supplies for self expression.




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We must also consider the impact of utilizing graphics and desktop publishing to
understand concepts, allowing students to reach full understanding and cognitive
development. With the help of Microsoft Word, students will be able to create
decorative enhancements to any written work, making something as simple as a
letter come alive with EYE Appeal! “Decorative images are images intended to
make documents, web pages, and displays appear visually appealing” according
to Dr. Priscilla Norton in her book “Technology for Teaching”. She goes on to
say,
        “Decorative images allow student to refine their visual design skills,
        provide practice with representing aspect of experience in visual for and
        provide opportunities for teachers to point out techniques associates with
        line and shape, color, perspective, and composition. Encouraging
        students to include decorative images as part of their finished products
        helps students develop a sense of pride and professionalism towards their
        work.”

Please join me and your student in this exciting part of the “Get a Job” Unit. If
you have any questions regarding the use of computers and Desktop Publishing
in our class, please don’t hesitate to call or just stop by on Thursday for a first
hand look at what your student is accomplishing!

Sincerely,



Dee Strauss
Marketing Teacher & DECA Advisor
King George High School




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