Part of Unit: Employment Portfolio
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
This lesson, which the students will complete over several days, will help them in preparing to compete in the FHA-HERO Competitive Recognition Event (CRE) Job Application and Interview. This lesson could be used in any of the areas of Home Economics Careers and Technology. It also serves as a culminating project in a course.
The final product produced by students will be a Portfolio that would be used in the event. I have often referred to this as a "Showcase of the Student's Best Work". When that terminology is used, students take this very seriously and do a great job. I have often had students contact me after graduation saying that the portfolio "helped me get the job".
- 5 - 7 Days
California Career and Technical Education Standards
- ECDFS.FS.3.1 Know the personal qualifications, interests, aptitudes, knowledge, and skills ne...
- ECDFS.FS.3.2 Understand the scope of career opportunities and know the requirements for educa...
- ECDFS.FS.3.6 Know the main strategies for self-promotion in the hiring process, such as compl...
- FID.FS.3.1 Know the personal qualifications, interests, aptitudes, information, and skills ...
- FID.FS.3.2 Understand the scope of career opportunities and know the requirements for educa...
- FID.FS.3.6 Know key strategies for self-promotion in the hiring process, such as job applic...
- HTR.FS.3.1 Know the personal qualifications, interests, aptitudes, knowledge, and skills ne...
- HTR.FS.3.2 Understand the scope of career opportunities and know the requirements for educa...
- HTR.FS.3.6 Know key strategies for self-promotion in the hiring process, such as job applic...
Objectives and Goals
The student will create a career portfolio and prepare to compete in the Job Application and Interview Competitive Recognition Event (CRE) for FHA-HERO
Activities in this Lesson
- Introduction - Hooks / Set
As students enter the room, have them take a piece of paper (place several blank quarter page sheets of paper on each table) and list one question on how to get a job or one piece of advice that someone should follow in getting a job.
Share these with the class (anonymously) as a discussion starter.
- Overview - Demo / Modeling
Share the rules of the Competitive Recognition Event (CRE) Job Appplicaiton and Interview. Go over all rules with the students. They will be using the rubric at the end of the event as assessment for the project.
I have also attached the brochure for all the CRE events; some students will be interested in other events. All rules are available online at http://hect.org/fhahero/Competitive%20Events/CREGuide.htm
Review the Portfolio Rubric. In doing so, refer to a few completed portfolios that former students have left behind. (I always have a few that are well done and somehow were left behind)
In addition to this, portfolios should have a cover, table of contents, section title pages, any related certificates the student has earned, a research paper (writing sample) ( I assign a research paper every year; after it is graded the student should put it in the portfolio), work evaluations (my students get quarterly evaluations when working at a fieldsite; if this is not available, anothr form of work evaluation can be used). Portfolios should be creative, neat and professional.
- Resume Development - Guided Practice
Review the purpose of a resume. Each part should be summarized and the importance of each should be shared. Many high school students don't feel they have much to share in the areas of experience; emphasize that experience can be paid or unpaid--volunteer work can be a valuable part of a resume. There are many formats. I have included one. Use a format you feel comfortable with. The elements required for competition are:
--Home Economics Careers and Technology-related job for which student is applying.
-- paid/unpaid work experience
-- at least one of the following: activities, achievements, skills, strengths, abilities and special interests.
- Sample Resume.docx [ Download ]
- Job Application - Guided Practice
Students should complete a sample job application. This should be put in the portfolio but it's a good idea for students to take an extra copy to any job interview. At the competition, they will have to complete one there.
Point out to the students that if they take a completed application, they will have all information necessary for the application used by the company to which they are applying for a job without having to ask to use a phone book or the internet to look up info.
I also point out things including:
--don't leave blanks in the application; it either shows that there are things the applicant does not want to share or the applicant is not interested enough in the job to complete the entire application. Encourage students to either put a line (--) or n/a in a blank for which they do not have an answer.
--use blue/black ink to complete an application
- APPLICATION FORM Job Application and Interview CRE.docx [ Download ]
- Work Samples - Guided Practice
The portfolio project should take place in the second half of the course. Because of this, students should have work samples they have saved during the year for this purpose (I suggest this several times during the year). Work samples showcase what the student has accomplished and should--if at all possible--be related to the job for which they are applying. I do not allow the following to be used as work samples: study sheets, true/false or multiple choice completed tests, group assignments. Some good examples include a completed lesson plan that the student has completed as a class project, a brochure the student created for a class assignment, a picture of a bulletin board created by the student, pictures of the student working at a fieldsite as part of the course. Each work sample must:
--demonstrate a skill needed in the job for which the participant is applying.
-- cover one or more Home Economics Careers and Technology Model Curriculum standards for the appropriate grade level and Consumer and Family Studies content area or Home Economics Related Occupations Career Pathway program.
--include documentation showing the student did the work sample (pictures with captions, lesson plans, outlines, examples of original student work – not worksheets)
--provide a written summary that include
a. brief description of the work sample and the steps taken to complete it
b. a statement of how this work sample shows the knowledge and skills described in the standard(s) identified
c. what was learned by doing the work sample
d. the titles of Home Economics Careers and Technology Model Curriculum standard(s) shown in the work sample.
- Letter of Introduction - Guided Practice
While this will appear earlier in the student's portfolio, it is the last item created as it introduces the reader to the entire portfolio. A sample is attached. This should be typed and reviewed for punctuation, spelling, etc.
The letter of introduction should:
--Have a current date
--Describe qualities and strengths
--Describe goals and how the student will reach them.
--Describe a work sample
--Tell about what what learned by completing the work sample.
--Highlight special qualities about the work sample.
--Relate the portfolio work to goals
- Sample Letter of Introduction.docx [ Download ]
- Assessment Types:
- Portfolios, Interviews,
Students should share their completed portfolios with another student in the class, getting feedback on peer review sheets. Corrections should be made to the portfolio before the mock job interviews.
Arrange for each student to complete a mock job interview as described in the CRE rules. You might include volunteers from your school, the community, business partners of your program, and parents. Have them use the rubrics contained in the CRE rules to give feedback.
The students should present their completed portfolio as a part of the interview.