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11B (New Pairs) Lessons and Events

In the 11th Grade, new pairs will 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 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: Understanding the Program

Unit Objective: This is a pre-platform unit which introduces students to the iMentor program, the role of the mentor-mentee, and the way the curriculum and classes support them in this work. This unit prepares students to complete their new mentee applications for matching. At the end of the unit, students will be prepared to fully participate in the program, will understand the reasoning/benefits of the program, and be excited about their mentor.  

Pair Relationship Objective: This unit occurs prior to matching, so there is no pair relationship objective.

11B.1.1 The Power and Potential of Mentoring RelationshipsSWBAT demonstrate understanding of the characteristics of a formal mentoring relationship and the purpose of a mentor.
11B.1.2 It Takes Two: Elements of a Successful Mentoring RelationshipSWBAT 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.
11B.1.3 What I Want in a Mentor SWBAT identify what they want in a mentor (and why) across a broad set of characteristics.
11B.1.4 Matching Application Students will be able to self-reflect and complete a matching application in an honest manner.

Unit 2: Becoming a Mentee

Unit Objective: In this unit, students complete and explore iMentor systems that help mentees connect with their mentors and help iMentor assess the students. Students are introduced to the Platform, where they will draft their first message to their new mentors. Then, students utilize the information from unit 1 to inform their answers on the beginning of year survey. Once this unit is complete, pairs will understand how to utilize the platform to start building their new relationship. The pairs will also have broken the ice and have been introduced virtually to one another.

Pair Relationship Objective: This unit occurs prior to matching, so there is no pair relationship objective. 

11B.2.1 A Recipe for TrustStudents will explain how to build trust in a relationship.
11B.2.2 Exploring Platform Students will be able to understand how to navigate and use the Platform for communication with their mentors.
11B.2.3 Beginning of Year Survey 

Students will be able to share their opinions about the program and their current identity as a student. 

11B.2.4 Mentor Reveal SWBAT learn about their new mentor and introduce themselves on Platform.

Unit 3: Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Unit Objective: This is the first unit after pairs have been matched and it gives the pairs the opportunity to launch their relationships and begin getting to know one another. Pairs will explore similarities and differences, make connections and share experiences that will deepen their relationship. At the end of this unit, pairs will have a basic understanding of each other's interests, backgrounds, motivation and day to day activities.

Pair Relationship Objective: Pairs will get to know one another, by learning about each other's social networks, daily activities and commitments, as well as personal backgrounds.

11B.3.1 Five Questions About Me, Five Questions About You SWBAT answer questions about themselves and pose questions to their mentors to build rapport and a shared understanding.
11B.3.2 A Day in My LifeSWBAT share a snapshot of their day to day activities with their mentor.
11B.3.3 " I Am From" PoemStudents will be able to creatively express their identity to their classmates and mentor.
11B.3.4 Successes and FailuresSWBAT understand that everyone's story includes both successes and failures, and that real growth comes from how we respond to each of these in our lives. 
11B.3. Event_ Hi, My Name is...Pairs will develop rapport by describing an object/picture that is important to them. Pairs will create commitments on how they want their relationship to proceed for the first semester. 

Unit 4: Becoming a Pair

Unit Objective: Students will consider and celebrate similarities and differences with their mentors, explore what makes a healthy relationship and establish expectations for their mentor-mentee relationship.  

Pair Relationship Objective: Mentors and mentees will build the foundation for a successful mentoring relationship by creating shared commitments rooted in who they each are and what they want to achieve. 

LessonObjective Resources
11B.4.1 Exploring Similarities and DifferencesSWBAT identify similarities and differences with their mentor and articulate how understanding and celebrating each is an essential component of a strong mentoring relationship.
11B.4.2 Healthy RelationshipsSWBAT understand components of a healthy relationship and understand how they can use the attributes of healthy relationships to build their relationship with their mentor. 
11.B.4.3 Give and GetsSWBAT articulate that developing the strongest possible mentoring relationship will take both "gives and gets" from themselves and from their mentor and will be able to identify the give and gets they are ready to make.
11.B.4.4 Goal-Setting SWBAT set one personal and one academic goal for the year and ask their mentor for specific support around achieving those goals.
11B.4. 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. 

Unit 5: Exploring Career Aspirations

Unit Objective:  Students will do a set of self-reflection activities to better understand their interests, skills and the links between their passions 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. 

11B.5.1 My Life in 10 YearsSWBAT envision their desired lifestyle 10 years into the future. 
11B.5.2 My 3 CareersStudents will identify their interests and make connections between their top 3 interests and 3 career prospects/career clusters that align best with their interests. 
11B.5.3 Mapping My Career OptionsSWBAT connect their career interests with post-secondary pathway choices. 
11B.5.4 High School to Career ConnectionSWBAT connect their career aspirations to opportunities, experiences and skills they should be developing in high school. 
11B.5. Event_ Career ExplorationPairs 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 6: 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.

11B.6.1 Making the Most of My SummerSWBAT research opportunities and begin planning for the summer. 
11B.6.2 My ResumeStudents will identify their hard and soft skills as a part of their career exploration and as pre-work for their resume.

11B.6.3 Writing Professional Emails SWBAT identify the characteristics of and craft a professional email. 
11B.6 Event_ Professional Skill BuildingPairs will collaboratively improve their resume to utilize for their applications for summer opportunities. Pairs will also discuss and search for summer opportunities. 

Unit 7: 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 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.




11B.7.1 Fit Factors 

SWBAT understand the different fit factors they should consider before starting a post-secondary program.

11B.7.2 Academic Match

SWBAT define the terms  "safety""target""reach", and "undermatching" in relation to post-secondary programs.

11B.7.3 Post-Secondary  List Set up Research 

SWBAT will utilize resources for post-secondary research
SWBAT will understand the process of creating a post-secondary list

11B.7.4 Post-Secondary Research 1

SWBAT research safety, target, and research programs and colleges based on their own fit factors.

11B.7.5 Post-Secondary Research 2

SWBAT research safety, target, and reach programs based on college research and their own fit factors.

11B.7.6 Post-Secondary Research 3

SWBAT research safety, target, and reach programs based on college research and their own fit factors.
11B.7.7 Post-Secondary Research Final Day SWBAT research safety, target, and reach programs based on college research and their own fit factors.
11B.7 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 8: Post-Secondary Process Components 

Unit Objective: This unit gives students a jump start on the college application process and take the steps to (1) complete a preliminary college list (2) learn the importance and steps to acquire letters of recommendation and (3) learn the importance of and basics of applying for financial aid. 

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

11B.8.1 Sneak Peek of Senior YearSWBAT identify the knowledge, skills and mindsets needed to reach their goal of high school graduation. 
11B.8.2 Financial AidSWBAT identify and define the various forms of financial aid available to them i.e. loans, grants, scholarships. SWBAT distinguish between net price and sticker price.
11B.8.3 Financial Fit: Net PriceSWBAT research and record average costs of the post-secondary options that they are interested in applying to. 

11B.8.4 My Post-Secondary List  

SWBAT  finalize a list of at least 6 potential post-secondary options to apply to (3 target, 2 safety, 1 reach)
11B.8.5 The College EssaySWBAT learn how the college admissions essay can help admissions counselors see them as more than their grades and scores. Students will also learn about the importance and power of using strong narratives in their essay. 
11B.8.6 Letters of RecommendationSWBAT learn why letters of rec are important and how to acquire them. 
11B.8 Event_ Post-Secondary ListStudents 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 9: Launching into the 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. 

11B.9.1 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.
11B.9.2 Summer Social CapitalSWBAT review the meaning and value of social networks and social capital in order to  schedule to collaborate with their mentor to prepare for senior year. 

11B.9.3 End of Year SurveySWBAT reflect about what they learned and experienced in the past year as an iMentor student by filling ou the EOY survey. 
11B.9.4 Reflection/Class Celebration SWBAT reflect on their relationship with their mentor and celebrate the year's successes with a class party. 
11B.9 Event_ End of Year Celebration/CommitmentsStudents 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. 




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