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11B (New Pairs) Lessons

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 goals for the grade and unit content.

Click here for an overview of the 11B Grade.

11B projects:
All About Me / All About Us
Post-Secondary Research for Education Programs (PREP) - National**
PREP - Bay Are
PREP - Chicago 
PREP - New York 
PREP - Alternative Pathways 

**All Partner Programs regions should use the National copy unless they are located in Illinois, in which case they can choose to use the Chicago copy. 

Click here for Spanish translations of college fit and college research materials.

Click here for a list of all the project references in the 11th grade lessons. 

Unit 1: Launching the Program

In this unit, students will learn about the program and complete the steps to be matched with a mentor. Students will complete several activities to introduce themselves to their mentors and begin the process of reflecting on who they are as individuals. This reflection will establish their personal development as the focus of the program, and will lay the foundation for the exploration of goals, interests, skills, and values that will guide both students’ career exploration and college search.

Lesson Purpose Resources
11B.1* Beginning of Year Survey The beginning of the year survey allows student opinions and experiences to shape the program. Responses on this survey will be compared to later surveys to see how attitudes and beliefs change over time.
11B.1* Exploring Platform To set students up for success using Platform each week, this lesson introduces the layout, features and functionality.
11B.1.1 Let's Talk About Me This lesson should build excitement and investment in the program—both about the topics that will be discussed in class, and about the opportunity to work with a mentor.
11B.1.2 Collaboration & Class Norms In this lesson, students will reflect on the
ir experiences in other classes to discuss the behaviors that contribute to a positive classroom culture.
11B.1.3 Matching Application Students will understand and complete their Matching Applications in this lesson. As it is the first lesson in which students will use computers, it is crucial to practice your tech ritual and review “tech-spectations.”
11B.1.4 I Am From Poem - Part I In this lesson, students will explore parts of their culture (e.g. food, clothing, advice), and prepare to share parts of their own identity with their mentor. 
11B.1.5 Am From Poem - Part II  By sharing elements from their daily lives and the cultures that influence them, students can help their mentors find common ground and build understanding.


Unit 2: All About Me

In this unit, students will develop a portfolio project about themselves to share with their mentor. Through this process, they will also reflect on three key aspects of career exploration: interests, skills, and values. This reflection will help them identify best fit programs and colleges and will model the reflective process needed for successful career exploration and planning.

Lesson Purpose Resources
11B.2* Introducing the Real Me This is the first lesson in which students will communicate directly with their mentors using a shared Google Doc called “All About Us.”
11B.2* More About Me If you have more time before students are matched with mentors, you can complete more self-awareness work in the “All About Me” project
11B.2.1 My Interests This lesson will help students articulate their interests and begin thinking about how those interests can be further developed.
11B.2.2 My Skills In this lesson, students will identify their skills and design a superhero who uses these skills to solve problems in the world.
11B.2.3 My Values In this lesson, students reflect on their personal values. The process of identifying and articulating those values will strengthen the relationship between mentor and mentee.
11B.2.4 Bonds and Bridges In this lesson, students will explore similarities and differences between themselves and their mentors, and develop questions to get to know them better.

Event 11B.A 

Unit 3: All About Us

In this unit, students will develop a portfolio project about themselves to share with their mentor. Through this process, they will also reflect on three key aspects of career exploration: interests, skills, and values. This reflection will help them identify best fit programs and colleges and will model the reflective process needed for successful career exploration and planning.

Lesson Purpose Resources
11B.3* More About Me If you have more time before students are matched with mentors, you can complete more self-awareness work in the “All About Me” project.
11B.3.1 Introducing the Real Me This is the first lesson in which students will communicate directly with their mentors using a shared Google Doc called “All About Us.”
11B.3.2 My Interests This lesson will help students articulate their interests and begin thinking about how those interests can be further developed.
11B.3.3 My Skills In this lesson, students will identify and tell the “story” of their skills by reflecting on how they developed and use each one.
11B.3.4 My Values In this lesson, students reflect on their personal values. The process of identifying and articulating those values will strengthen the relationship between mentor and mentee.
11B.3.5 Bonds and Bridges In this lesson, students will explore similarities and differences between themselves and their mentors, and develop questions to get to know them better.

Event 11B.A OR Event 11B.B


Unit 4: Post-Secondary Pathways

In this unit, students will learn about the job market, explore the way that supply and demand operate in different professions, and discover how post-secondary education influences employment and wages. Students will also learn about non-college options after high school. A major goal of this unit is for students to build investment in the value of a college degree, and to build excitement about researching colleges and post-secondary pathways in the second half the 11th grade year.

Lesson Purpose Resources
11B.4.1 The Power of a Degree Earning potential is a powerful motivator for attending and graduating from college. In this lesson, students compare earning potentials based on degree.
11B.4.2 Post-Secondary Pathways As students begin the process of researching their post-secondary options, this lesson helps to build long-term vision.
11B.4.3 The Job Market This lesson will help students apply the language of “supply and demand” to job markets

Event 11B.B OR Event 11B.D


Unit 5: College Fit

In this unit, students will begin to research schools for their College List. First, students will learn and apply the four Fit Factors. Fit Factors will help students articulate what they are looking for in a post-secondary program and engage mentors in the search. Fit Factors will also help pairs research schools that are the right fit for the mentee’s goals. Students will then begin to research colleges using the PREP tool. PREP includes a lot of information on a range of colleges, making it easy for students to compare and contrast different programs across each of the Fit Factors.

Lesson Purpose Resources
11B.5.1 Fit Factors It is important to students’ post-secondary success that they apply to colleges that are the right fit for their needs and goals.
11B.5.2 PREP - Safety, Target, Reach As students engage in the college search process, they may tend to either “dream big” or play it safe. According to College Board, first-generation students are more likely to “undermatch.”
11B.5.3 PREP - Academic Fit In this lesson, students will research two schools from the PREP project to determine the academic fit of each in relation to Marisela’s interests and goals.
11B.5.4 PREP - Size, Location, Environment In this lesson, students will more closely examine two of the schools in the PREP plan to determine their fitness in terms of size, location, and environment for Marisela.
11B.5.5 PREP - Student Support In this lesson, students will research one school from the PREP project to determine what student support it offers for Marisela.
11B.5.6 Scoring Colleges In this lesson, students will evaluate four schools in the PREP document to determine their fit for Marisela.

Event 11B.D OR Event 11B.E


Unit 6: My College Research

In this unit, students will begin to research schools for their College List. Building on their work exploring and understanding Fit Factors, pairs will now use the PREP project to research and compare colleges and post-secondary programs.

Lesson Purpose Resources
11B.6* PREP - Supported Research In this lesson, students independently research colleges and post-secondary programs and add information to their PREP project.
11B.6.1 My PREP Profile While all students will consider the same Fit Factors as they create their College List, the content of those factors—and their relative importance—will vary from student to student.
11B.6.2 PREP - My Research In this lesson, students personalize the slide decks of their PREP document based on their own Fit Factors.
11B.6.3 PREP - Research Slide Share In this lesson, students pool their research by sharing their findings about the different colleges with one another.
11B.6.4 My College List If students have completed all of the lessons in this unit and attended all events, they will have a list of 9-12 schools or programs.
11B.6.5 Letters of Recommendation Many post-secondary programs students will be applying to require or allow letters of recommendation.

Event 11B.F

Event 11B.G


Unit 7: Paying for College

In this unit, students will learn about the reality of paying for college. First, students will learn the difference between a college’s sticker price and net price, and how financial aid makes up the difference. Students will then explore different types of financial aid and the FAFSA, and practice estimating the Net Cost of attendance for a sample student. Understanding how financial aid works will help students feel comfortable building a best-fit college list without crossing off schools based on their sticker price.

Lesson

Purpose

Resources

11B.7* Finding Scholarships

Many students have little awareness of the number and variety of scholarships available for college, and/or don't know where to begin to find quality and attainable scholarships.

11B.7.1 Net Price

In order to truly understand college affordability, it's important to learn about all of the factors that affect college costs (tuition, room and board, books, commuting, etc.), as well as the resources that can help with those costs (financial aid, work-study, etc).

11B.7.2 Financial Aid

This lesson will review the difference between sticker price and net price. Students will learn the difference between different types of financial aid and the pros and cons of each type.

11B.7.3 FAFSA

The first step in qualifying for financial aid is to complete a FAFSA. This lesson introduces students to the FAFSA and the importance of completing it.

11B.7.4 End of Year Survey

The End of Year Survey allows PM's to gauge where students are and how they have progressed compared to earlier surveys.

Unit 8: Senior Year

In this unit, students preview the goals and work of senior year in order to build excitement and prepare for success in the college application and postsecondary planning process. 

Lesson Purpose Resources
11B.8.1 Sneak Peek of Senior Year The purpose of this lesson is to ignite student excitement about the challenging college application process ahead.
11B.8.2 Getting Ready for the SAT Students are more likely to prepare and perform better on standardized tests that they view as purposeful and valuable. In this lesson, students learn the value of SAT with regards to their postsecondary goals..
11B.8.3 College Application Jump-Start Managing deadlines in the fall of senior year can be incredibly challenging for students. Getting a head start over the summer will better position students to be able to thoughtfully and successfully complete their college applications and senior year deliverables.
11B.8.4 Summer Social Capital Students review the meaning and value of social networks and social capital and in order to identify individuals who can help them prepare for senior year.