Career Slide Show

Career Slide Show

Course(s)/Subject(s): English and Civics

Grade Level(s): 8th Grade

Key Words: Career Slideshow

Developer(s) Name:Linda E. Krakaur and Joy L.Fleming

School: Luther Jackson Middle School

Attached Files: directions

Approximate Time Frame:

student preparation and completion is two weeks

teacher preparation one planning period

Materials/Equipment Needed: computers, newspapers, magazines, cd roms pertaining to a variety of careers

Description of Lesson (includes context):Students will research careers, produce a six framed slide show depicting the information they have researched, and present this slideshow to classmates. This slideshow will be a compilation of primary and secondary sources, as well as student's concepts of how this career will shape his/her future.


  1. What is the objective of this lesson?
  2. Students will be able to research a specific career and present this information using
    both concrete and abstract ideas.
  3. Students will learn how to use both primary and secondary sources.
  4. Students will evaluate pertinent resources and paraphrase the information considering
    organization of ideas (subject), graphics (form), and audience.

FCPS POS Standards:
8.1Oral Language -The student will use interviewing
techniques to gain information.


The student will comprehend what is read from a

variety of sources.

8.5Writing - The student will write in a variety of forms.


FCPS POS Benchmarks:

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8.2-2Students adapt reading, writing, speaking, listening, or
viewing strategies to purpose, context, or form.

8.5-2Students acquire, organize, and synthesize information
obtained from a variety of sources.


Students will use interviewing techniques to gain


8.5-4Students use technology to assist in reading, writing,
viewing, speaking and listening.


FCPS POS Indicators:

Standard 2use listening and questioning......
retell or summarize ideas and content
visualize ideas into pictures
revise and edit the content and conventions...

Standard 5synthesize information
use printed and non printed material
organize information to communicate
prepare bibliography
take notes and document sources
paraphrase ideas
gather information through a variety of methods
prepare and ask relevant questions
make notes of responses
select accessed information relevant to topic
use reference materials
integrate graphics into word processing

CIVICS8.3.3c8.5.1 a b c8.5.2a b8.5.3 a,b,d,e

VA SOL(s) (including Computer/Technology):




  1. What will we examine as evidence of students' knowledge and/or skill?

Product(s):a slideshow with six frames depicting what he/she has learned about
a specific career


a presentation of the slideshow in which students will answer

additional questions about the career from other students

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  1. What exactly will the students and teacher do during the lesson?

Directions to students for proceeding with the lesson:

  1. Students will identify a career he or she is interested in.
  2. Students will make an appointment to interview someone who works in the specified
    career. This interview will be conducted in person on Out to WorkDay or by
  3. Students will brainstorm a list of pertinent questions to ask.
  4. Students will be advised on how to take notes and how to conduct himself/herself
    during the interview.
  5. After the interviews, students will be given directions on additional research that will be
    completed regarding this career.
  6. Students will go to the library and research specific sites that have been bookmarked
    and other resource materials.
  7. Students will determine which information will be valuable, take notes and write down
    the address of cites and resources that were used.
  8. Students will brainstorm how they will design their slideshow in terms of graphics and
    paragraphs. They will create a story board.
  9. Students will be taken to the computer lab to design their slideshow.
  10. Students will complete slideshows and present to the class. Students should be
    prepared to answer questions from the audience.

Directions to teacher/administrator using the lesson?

  1. Review the lesson we have designed and make modifications as needed.
  2. Decide on what specific questions your students need to ask in the interview and help to
    facilitate these during class brainstorming activities.
  3. Bookmark specific cites that students may use to find career information. Suggestions
    are the following:Netsearch -Career Planning
    CDROM -Virginia View and Bridges
    magazines, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  4. Review the directions on how to create a slideshow.
  5. Relax and let them do the work!! :-)

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  1. What options in presentation(s) and/or response(s) are suggested in order to provide the opportunity for all students to demonstrate achievement of the benchmark(s) and indicator(s)?

Students may work in groups and divide up responsibilities.

In designing a rubric, more value could be placed on graphics for LD and ESL students.