Lesson Plan Design a College by yaofenji

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									                                      Lesson Plan: Design a College

Unit: Early College Planning                                             Grade Level: 5+

Topic of the Lesson: Exploring college characteristics

Focus Question: Do students understand the variety of characteristics that make colleges
          unique, and how to choose the features that are most important to them?

MASCA Curriculum Links: A1-1, A2-4, W1-2, W1-4, W2-1, PS1-1, PS1-2, PS3-2

Minimum Time Required: 20 minutes

Required Materials: Design a College handout, pen or pencil

Counselor Performance Objectives
During this lesson the counselor will describe the different types of post-secondary options, and
the variety of characteristics that are available in different colleges and universities. The
counselor will also explain how different personal or academic factors may lead individuals to
prefer some school characteristics over others, helping students understand how to make
personal decisions about their own college preferences.

Student Performance Objectives
Cognitive:           Students will design a college with the characteristics they value.
                     Students will identify what characteristics to compare when researching colleges.

Affective:           Students will understand that different types of schools meet students’ needs and
                     wishes differently.
                     Students will identify with the concept that finding a good college match is a
                     personal process.

Behavioral: Students will be able to list two things that are important to them personally in a
                     college.




MEFA is a non-profit self-financing state authority, not reliant on state or federal appropriation, that works to make higher education
more accessible and affordable for students and families in Massachusetts. Nearly 30 years ago, MEFA was created by the state
legislature at the request of Massachusetts colleges and universities. MEFA provides community education programs, college
savings plans, and low-cost financing options. In its nearly thirty year history, MEFA has issued $3.5 billion in bonds and has
assisted hundreds of thousands of families in financing a college education.
                                      Lesson Plan: Design a College

Pre/Post-Assessment

I’ve thought about what sort of college I might want to attend: Yes/No

I believe that most colleges and universities are basically very similar: Yes/No

Name 2 characteristics that set colleges apart from each other.

Name 2 characteristics that are very important to me in a college.



Optional Alternatives and Extensions

     1. Ask students to provide an explanation (written or verbal) for each of their choices,
        detailing the pros and cons of individual characteristics and offerings. Ask them to
        individually rank the relative importance of each category.

     2. Divide the students into small groups (4-6) to complete the activity in teams, designing a
        college that would best meet all their needs, with an emphasis on negotiation,
        compromise, and consensus-building.

     3. Ask students to draw and illustrate maps of the colleges they have designed, including
        features like dorms, classroom buildings, dining halls, social spaces, libraries, athletic
        facilities, theaters, etc.

     4. Ask students to read examples of real college viewbooks, and then produce a college
        viewbook for their own school.

     5. Show students how to use available reference resources to find real colleges that share
        similar characteristics to the ones they have identified.

     6. Track changing values by asking students to complete the same activity in each year of
        high school.


Resources: MA Career Development Education Benchmarks


MEFA is a non-profit self-financing state authority, not reliant on state or federal appropriation, that works to make higher education
more accessible and affordable for students and families in Massachusetts. Nearly 30 years ago, MEFA was created by the state
legislature at the request of Massachusetts colleges and universities. MEFA provides community education programs, college
savings plans, and low-cost financing options. In its nearly thirty year history, MEFA has issued $3.5 billion in bonds and has
assisted hundreds of thousands of families in financing a college education.

								
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