Suggested Career Cluster Activities: Organized by Career Pathways

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Career Development

    Course : Career Portals: Middle School

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (1) The student explores one or more career clusters of interest. The student is expected to:
      • (A) identify the various career opportunities within one or more career clusters
      • (B) identify the pathways within one or more career clusters
    • (2) The student explores pathways of interest within one or more career clusters. The student is expected to:
      • (A) investigate career opportunities within the pathways
      • (B) explore careers of personal interest
      • (C) research the academic requirements for careers of personal interest
      • (D) research the certification or educational requirements for careers of personal interest
      • (E) describe the technical-skill requirements for careers of personal interest

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  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

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  • Rationale

    This lesson consists of suggested career cluster activities organized by Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism, and Human Services Career Pathways.

    Education and Training Career Cluster
    Administration and Administrative Support
    Professional Support Services
    Teaching and Training

    Hospitality and Tourism Career Cluster
    Lodging
    Recreation, Amusements and Attractions
    Restaurants and Food/Beverage Services
    Travel and Tourism

    Human Services Career Cluster
    Consumer Services
    Counseling and Mental Health Services
    Early Childhood Development and Services
    Family and Community Services
    Personal Care Services

  • Duration of Lesson

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  • Word Wall

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  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed

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  • Anticipatory Set

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    • provides focus, also called the “hook”
    • short activity that draws the students’ attention before the lesson actually begins * use props, visuals, music followed by Q and A or brainstorming session
    • be creative
    • Tip: End this activity with a scripted lesson rationale that clearly makes a real world connection between the lesson objective and your students.
  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Determined by the activities selected.

    • Ensure your lesson is rigorous and relevant to the students
    • Model and show students what you want them to know
    • Keep learning styles in mind
    • Introduce new vocabulary
    • Continuously check for understanding
    • Provide examples and scenarios students can relate to
    • Use slide presentations or graphic organizers
    • Implement accommodations from IEPs for special education students
  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

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    • Ensure activity is rigorous and relevant to the students
    • Can be done individually or cooperatively.
    • Walk students through the learning process
    • Provide hands-on activities and opportunities that allow students to practice their newly learned skills and concepts.
    • Provide guidance as students solve real world problems.
    • Implement accommodations from IEPs for special education students.
  • Independent Practice/Laboratory Experience with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Determined by the activities selected.

    • Ensure assignment/activity is rigorous and relevant. Aim for having students solve a problem that will have unpredictable outcome or solution.
    • Allow students to use critical thinking skills as they practice completing lesson, assignment, project on their own.
    • If independent practice involves completion of a product or project, introduce the RUBRIC and review each component BEFORE students begin project.
    • 30 templates for rubrics can be found at www.cte.sfasu.edu
    • Implement accommodations from IEPs for special education students.
  • Lesson Closure

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    • Wrap up the lesson
    • Students recap what you have taught and what they have learned (and how it relates to them)
    • Develop, research or borrow creative review techniques
    • Implement accommodations from IEPs for special education students
  • Summative/End of Lesson Assessment with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Determined by the activities selected.

    • quiz or test
    • independently performed task
    • hands-on experiment
    • student reflection or other concrete method
    • culmination of a project or presentation assessed with a rubric
    • implement accommodations from IEPs for special education students
  • References/Resources

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  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

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    Activities may include:

  • College and Career Readiness Connection

    AchieveTexas Career Cluster Crosswalks

    The Career Cluster Crosswalks housed on the AchieveTexas website http://www.achievetexas.org/index.html provide Texas teachers with a direct connection between their CTE course TEKS and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Cross-Disciplinary integration are the focus of the CCRS. These college and career readiness standards are essential in the planning and delivery of CTE lessons. The extent to which the integration occurs is determined by the methods and strategies utilized by each teacher.

    Career Cluster Crosswalks for Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism, and Human Services Career Clusters can be found at:
    http://www.achievetexas.org/Career%20Cluster%20Crosswalks.htm

  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

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  • Family/Community Connection

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  • CTSO connection

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  • Service Learning Projects

    Suggested service learning projects are included in each handout.