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11A Lessons and Events

In the 11th Grade,  pairs will continue to build a strong and trusting relationship through self-exploration and honest sharing of our values, interests and cultural backgrounds. Pairs will explore and understand the "fit factors" each mentee is looking for in a college or post-secondary program. Pairs will collaborate on a College List that helps each student build a vision of college by comparing and contrasting a range of programs and institutions.

Click here for a document which includes the overview of each unit, the objectives for each lesson, and PM preparation/facilitation notes for each lesson.

Unit 1: Kicking off 11th Grade 

Unit Objective: In this unit, students will (re)connect with their PM and the iMentor program. Students will know the expectations and the goals of 11th grade. Lastly, the students will complete the BOY survey.

Pair Relationship Objective: In this unit, students will (re)connect with their mentors in order to start the year off strong. Mentee and mentors will know their expectations and goals for the year and will be able to use those as a base to which to come back to.

Lesson Objective Resources
11A.1.1 Get Inspired SWBAT create motivational statements for their college search process.
11A.1.2 Collaboration and Class Norms  SWBAT understand the purpose and expectations of an iMentor classroom.
11A.1.3 Beginning of Year Survey  SWBAT share their opinions about the program and their current identity as a student.
11A.1.4 It Takes Two: Elements of a Successful Relationship SWBAT articulate their roles and responsibilities as a mentee. Students will also be able to identify behaviors and mindsets both mentors and mentees must bring to the relationship in order for it to be impactful.
11A.1.Event_ Communicating to Success

Pairs will learn and practice healthy forms of communication. 

Pairs will make agreements to utilize the healthy forms of communication for future rapport building. 

This event is written for new pairs but can be implemented through the lens of "resetting communication going into the post-secondary planning process. 


Unit 2: Exploring Career Aspirations 

Unit Objective: Students will do a set of self reflection activities to better understand their interest, skills and the links between their passion and career pathways. Students will work on a resume that they can continue to develop with their mentor during an event.

Pair Relationship Objective: Pairs will continue to develop closeness by the mentor providing support and guidance to mentee through career exploration and resume building. Student will practice asking for and receiving support from their mentors. 

Lesson Objective Resources
11A.2.1 My Life in 10 Years   SWBAT envision their desired lifestyle 10 years into the future.
11A.2.2 My 3 Careers  Students will identify their interests and make connections between their top 3 career prospects/career clusters that align best with their interests. 
11A.2.3 Mapping My  Career Options SWBAT connect their top 3 career interests with post-secondary pathway choices.
11A.2.4 High School to Career Connection    SWBAT connect their aspirations to opportunities, experiences and skills they should be developing in High School.
11A.2. Event_ Career Exploration Pairs will connect at this event to discuss and check-in on their “big picture” progress towards figuring out a happy and fulfilling life after high school. This event is focused on exposing students to different careers and paths. The event  also allows time to reflect on their ability to discuss their own career trajectory.

Unit 3: Post-Secondary Program Fit

Unit Objective: This unit teaches students the key components of match and fit so that they can research and select colleges (2- or 4-year) to research/apply to that are best fit for them. We want to ensure that our students are not under-matching and this unit lays the groundwork for this.

Pair Relationship Objective: The pair continues to develop closeness by asking for/giving support. Pairs continue to share information about their interests and values through the lens of what they desire (or what they looked for) in a college/university.

Lesson Objective Resources
11A.3.1 Fit Factors SWBAT understand the different fit factors they should consider before starting a post-secondary program. 
11.A.3.2 Academic Match SWBAT define the terms "safety", " target", "reach" and "undermatching" in relation to post-secondary programs.
11.A.3.3 Post-Secondary List Set Up SWBAT will utilize resources for post-secondary research
SWBAT will understand the process of creating a post-secondary list
11.A.3.4 Post-Secondary Research  Students will research post-secondary options based on their academic match and their own fit factors.
11.A.3.5 Post-Secondary Research 2 Students will research post-secondary options based on their academic match and their own fit factors.
11.A.3.6 Post-Secondary Research 3 Students will research post-secondary options based on their academic match and their own fit factors.
11.A.3.7 Post-Secondary Research Final Day Students will research post-secondary options based on their academic match and their own fit factors.
11A.3 Event_ Post-Secondary Research Students and their mentors will discuss their priorities and evaluate the factors that are most important when creating a post-secondary list. Pairs will collaborate to research additional options for their post-secondary list.


Unit 4: Professional Skill Building 

Unit Objective: This unit will introduce students to post-secondary pathway options including college and alternative pathway options. Students will explore various options and compare in the context of future earning potential and long-term goals. SWBAT connect how obtaining a college degree or post-secondary credential connects to the job market and quality of life. 

Pair Relationship Objective: Pairs will learn more about their educational and career aspirations including what motivates them towards these goals. Mentees will express their hopes, fears and confusion around the post-secondary process and mentors will share their personal journey and experience with the post-secondary process. Pairs will practice asking for, giving and receiving support. Mentor will position themselves as a source of information regarding the post-secondary process and a source of social-emotional support. 

Lesson Objective Resources
11A.4.1 Making the Most of My Summer  SWBAT research opportunities and begin planning for the summer.
11A.4.2 My Resume Students will identify their hard and soft skills as a part of their career exploration process and as pre-work for their resume.
11A.4.3 Writing Professional Emails SWBAT identify the characteristics of and craft a professional email.
11A.4 Event_ Professional Skill Building Pairs will collaboratively improve their resume to utilize for their applications for summer opportunities. Pairs will also discuss and search for summer opportunities.

Unit 5: Post-Secondary Process Components 

Unit Objective:  In this unit, pairs preview the goals and work of senior year in order to build excitement and prepare for success in the post-secondary application and post-secondary planning process. By the end of this unit, pairs will have an understanding of the expectations of senior year.

Pair Relationship Objective: Pair will continue to closeness by asking for and providing support. Mentor may demonstrate cultural attunement by meeting their mentee where they are in the process and providing and guidance and support with exploring college process components.  

Lesson Objective Resources
11A.5.1 Sneak Peek of Senior Year  SWBAT identify the knowledge, skills and mindsets needed to reach their goal of high school graduation.
11A.5.2 Getting Ready for the SAT SWBAT articulate  the value of SAT with regards to their post-secondary goals. (Students are more likely to prepare and perform better on standardized tests that they view as purposeful and valuable.)
11A.5.3 Letters of Recommendation SWBAT learn why letters of recommendation are important and how to acquire them.
11A.5.4 The College Essay  SWBAT will learn how the college admissions essay can help admissions counselors them as more their grades and scores. Students will also learn about the importance and power of using strong narratives in their essay.


Unit 6: Understanding Financial Aid 

Unit Objective: In this unit, students will learn about the various types of financial aid as well as the intricacies of the financial aid process. The students will understand the importance of FAFSA and the reasoning why every student needs to complete it. 

Pair Relationship Objective: In this unit, pairs will strengthen their relationships through conversations on financial aspects of their post-secondary pathway, which can bring up feelings such as anxiety and fear. This will allow the mentor and mentee to talk about an issue that is usually not talked about. Lastly, they  will be able to collaborate on searching for scholarships. 

Lesson Objective Resources
11A.6.1 Financial Aid SWBAT identify and define the various forms of financial aid available to them i.e. loans, grants, scholarships. 
11A.6.2 Financial Fit: Net Cost SWBAT research and record average costs of the post-secondary options that they are interested in applying to. 
11A.6.3 My Post-Secondary List  SWBAT finalize a list of 6 potential colleges to apply to (2 target, 2 safety, 2 reach).
11A.5 Event_ Post-Secondary List  Students and their mentors will evaluate their options on their post-secondary list to ensure a meaningful options to apply to in senior year. Students and their mentors will create an action plan to have a complete post-secondary list before the end of 11th grade.


Unit 7: Launching into Summer 

Unit Objective: This unit gives mentees a glimpse into senior year, while building excitement, and provides them with tangible steps to take over the summer to get ahead of the post-secondary application process. 

Pair Relationship Objective: Pairs will set tangible goals on post-secondary process steps. They will also set personal goals around their communication and engagement over the summer months. Working on common goals is one method of driving pair closeness. 

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Objective

Resources

11A.7.1 Application Jump Start 

SWBAT get a head start managing deadlines, over the summer, which will better position students to be able to thoughtfully and successfully complete their post-secondary applications and senior year deliverables. 

11A.7.2 Summer Social Capital 

SWBAT review the meaning and value of social networks and social capital in order to identify individuals who can help them prepare for senior year.

11A.7.3 End of Year Survey

SWBAT reflect about what they learned and experienced in the past year as an iMentor student by filling ou the EOY survey. 

11A.7.4 Refection/Class Party

SWBAT reflect on their relationship with their mentor and celebrate the year's successes. 

11A.7 Event_ End of Year Celebration/Commitments Students and their mentors will reflect on what they accomplished as a pair this year. Pairs will revisit and establish communication expectations for the summer.

Enrichment Lessons

These are designed "extra" lessons that are at the discretion of the region to utilize. These lessons are designed to not be time sensitive and can be implemented when necessary. 

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Objective

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Current Event  SWBAT will learn about, discuss and respond to a current event.