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12th Grade Lessons and Events

In the 12th Grade, pairs will strengthen their relationship by collaborating on post-secondary tasks, preparing for their post-secondary lives, and deciding on a best fit post-secondary pathway. Pairs will successfully meet all deadlines and requirements needed to have as many options for their post-secondary lives. Lastly pairs will see each other as a strong mutual support system in order to become autonomous in the post-secondary program.  

Click here for a grade guide which summarizes the curricular goals for the grade and unit content.
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: My Goals 

Unit Objective: In this first unit, students will be re-acquainted with the program. They'll work collaboratively to re-engage with their mentors and build excitement for the 12th grade. By taking time for students to focus on the important goals and tasks of 12th grade, this unit sets up students to remember why their mentors are critical this year, and how they will be able to help. At the end of this unit, pairs will understand what is expected of them this year, be reconnected, and be excited to take their relationship to the next level.

Pair Relationship Objective: Pairs will re-establish their relationship after the summer break.

Lesson/Event Objective Resources
12.1.1 My Next Chapter SWBAT understand the expectations of 12th grade and re-establish their relationship with their mentor as a support system.
12.1.2 Beginning of Year Survey  Students will honestly and thoroughly complete a program survey.
12.1.3  Organizing for Applications and Leveraging Your Mentor  SWBAT understand the importance of post-secondary deadlines and how to leverage their mentor in completing each component.
12.1 Event_Looking Back and Moving Forward Pairs will reconnect and reevaluate their relationship and their post-secondary choices from last year. Pairs will also set a goal to accomplish together before next month's event. 


Unit 2: The Personal Statement   

Unit Objective: Students will review and discuss their post-secondary applications, essay writing and possible application essay topics. They will learn how to structure an admissions essay using a personal narrative. At the end of the unit, working collaboratively, pairs will produce a complete (or good working draft) of an application essay. Pairs will also be prepared to fill out applications in the next unit.

Pair Relationship Objective: Pairs will collaborate in the college application process. 

Lesson Objective Resources
12.2.1 Post-Secondary Applications Students will be able to identify the important information they will need for post-secondary applications, and they will be able to reflect on personal qualifications that they will highlight in their applications.
12.2.2 My Essay Topic Students will be able to come up with a strong post-secondary application essay topic, will begin to view the admissions essay as an opportunity for self-advocacy, and a way to make their application stand out.
12.2.3 Writing My Story  Students will be able to explore ways to organize a strong post-secondary application essay and captivate the reader with a personal narrative.
12.2.4 Essay Revision   Students will be able to revise and edit personal statements for post-secondary applications.

12.2 Event_ Managing Applications 

Pairs will work collaboratively on their post-secondary tasks

Unit 3: The Post-Secondary Application

Unit Objective: In this unit, students will prepare to and complete their post-secondary applications. The structure of the class will help students stay focused and organized while completing applications. After this unit, pairs will have their applications complete and have a plan to complete the remaining components of the application process.

Pair Relationship Objective: Mentors and mentees will cooperate together in order to complete applications. 

Lesson Objective Resources
12.3.1 Application Prep Students will prepare for their applications by recording their application deadlines and the important information needed to successfully complete them.
12.3.2 Completing Applications Day 1 Students will begin/continue to complete their post-secondary applications.
12.3.3 Completing Applications Day 2 Students will continue to complete their post-secondary applications.
12.3.4 Completing Applications Day 3 Students will continue to complete their post-secondary applications.
12.3.5 Completing Applications Final Day  Students will complete their post-secondary applications.

12.3 Event_ Managing Applications Part 2

Pairs will work collaboratively on their post-secondary tasks


Unit 4: Paying for College

Unit Objective: In this unit, students will review financial aid material from 11th grade such as sticker price vs. net price and how to apply for aid. Then, students will review the FAFSA, make themselves a checklist for completing it by the program deadline, and understand the importance of talking to families about completing this important step. Students will also have an opportunity to reflect on their relationship with their mentors, and plan for how to continue to strengthen this relationship. 

Pair Relationship Objective: Pairs will continue to develop closeness by asking for, receiving or providing support. 

Lesson Objective Resources
12.4.1 Financial Aid Review SWBAT review key terms and definitions related to financial aid. 
12.4.2 Finding Scholarships SWBAT understand the importance of completing scholarships and which ones they should apply for. 
12.4.3 FAFSA SWBAT list the requirements and deadlines for applying for financial aid. 
12.4.4 Completing FAFSA With My Family SWBAT make a specific plan to talk with parents/guardians about FAFSA. 
12.4.5 Mid-Year Reflection SWBAT reflect on how to strengthen trust in a relationship. 

12.4 Event_ Planning for the Future

Pairs will work collaboratively on their post-secondary tasks. Pairs will be introduced to the Post-Secondary Program. 


Unit 5: Life After High School 

Unit Objective: In this unit, students will explore the new responsibilities they will have in their post-secondary life and learn how to be their own advocate. They will also identify extracurricular activities and campus organizations they are interested in, as well as those that can help them in pursuing their career. Students will read and discuss quotations from real college students about balancing one's social life and academics and watch and discuss video testimonials of students who learned to manage college stress. 

Pair Relationship Objective: Reflect with mentor on their experiences and how they were able to be successful through other aspects other than academics. 

Lesson Objective Resources
12.5.1 New Responsibilities  SWBAT preview and anticipate new responsibilities related to life after high school. 
12.5.2 Post-Secondary Expectations SWBAT explain how they will need to develop and rely on new skills to succeed with less structure after high school such as time management, self-advocacy, and building social capital. 
12.5.3 Beyond Academics   SWBAT identify extracurricular activities and campus organizations they may want to pursue in college.
12.5.4 Balancing My Social Life  SWBAT explore the ways that social connections will provide support and a sense of belonging in college. 
12.5.5 Stress Management SWBAT reflect on how they currently manage stress and learn effective coping mechanisms.  
12.5 Event_ After Hitting Submit Pairs will examine and work on the tasks needed to be complete after submitting their applications. They will also complete the career exploration rubric. 


Unit 6: Navigating Finances  

Unit Objective: In this unit, students will review and discuss personal expenses they may encounter after high school by evaluating a sample student budget. They will also learn the difference between credit and debit accounts, and the options for repaying credit card debt. Finally, they will discuss the importance of balancing work and study while in college. 

Pair Relationship Objective: Students will discuss how to manage personal expenses they may encounter after high school. 

Lesson Objective Resources
12.6.1 My Personal Finances SWBAT distinguish between direct and indirect costs, as well as fixed and variable expenses they may encounter after high school. 
12.6.2 College Finances Simulation SWBAT understand the importance of a budget and how personal choices will impact their finances.
12.6.3 Understanding Credit SWBAT  compare the advantages and consequences of using credit and debit.
12.6.4 Working in College  SWBAT weigh the benefits and challenges of working while in college.
12.6 Event: Post-Secondary Finances Pairs will analyze sample financial aid awards and continue to complete transitional tasks to their post-secondary pathway


Unit 7: Choosing My Path 

Unit Objective: Students will be guided through how to read a financial aid award letter in preparation for reading their own. Then, they'll use their own financial aid award letters to compare how much they would actually pay (their net price) at the different colleges they are considering. Students will also begin their transition to life after high school by creating a matriculation plan. 

Pair Relationship Objective: Mentors and mentees will work to make an informed decision about their post-secondary path. 

Lesson

Objective

Resources

12.7.1 Fit Factors 

SWBAT compare their post-secondary options to figure out what is the best fit.

12.7.2 Financial Aid Awards 

SWBAT explain the benefits and drawbacks of various types of financial aid. 

12.7.3 My Net Price

SWBAT calculate personal net price by referring to college financial aid award letters. 

12.7.4 My Matriculation Plan

SWBAT  use their college's website to customize a matriculation plan, which will help them stay on track to start their first term of college in the fall.

12.7 Event: Preparing for My Decision Pairs will discuss their current priorities and criteria that will be used to finalize their post-secondary pathway decision. 

Unit 8: Transitioning to my Post-Secondary Pathway  

Unit Objective: In this unit, students will imagine how their relationships with their mentors will stay the same and change and create a communication plan to help structure the way they hope to continue collaborating with their mentor after the structured interactions they have had throughout high school. Students will identify people who can help them transition from high school to post-secondary. They'll also learn about services and resources that colleges provide to support students. Students will role play how to ask a college advisor or instructor for help and learn why it is normal to sometimes feel out of place.

Pair Relationship Objective: Mentors and mentees will work together to create a plan for after high school in connecting to supports as well as each other. 

Lesson

Objective

Resources

12.8.1 Communicating and collaborating after high school  SWBAT develop a plan for communicating with their mentor after high school. 
12.8.2 Support For My Transition SWBAT identify people who can help them transition from high school to post-secondary.
12.8.3 Communities of Support  SWBAT match common issues faced by college freshmen with the appropriate student support services. 
12.8.4 Cultivating Social Capital SWBAT know who they can approach and how to ask for help in college.
12.8.5 Finding My Place  SWBAT name 1-2 strategies they might use to become part of their campus community in the fall.
12.8.6 End of Year Survey  SWBAT honestly and thoroughly complete a program survey.
12.8.7 End of High School Celebration  SWBAT celebrate what they have accomplished in high school and thank their mentors for their contributions to their success. 
12.8 Event: Picking My Pathway Pairs will reflect on what “best choice” means to them, and then work together on planning for post-secondary.
12.9 Event: End of Year Celebration/Commitments Students and their mentors will reflect on what they accomplished as a pair this year and over the course of high school. Pairs will revisit and establish communication expectations for the summer and into PSP.

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. 

Lesson

Objective

Resources

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