Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Be a Resume Critic

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Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Christine Vicars, Angeline Thall and Katherine Taylor

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Be a Resume Critic

Standards Addressed
  • CEW 13. 2.11. E.  Evaluate prepared career documents based on industry acceptable practice.
  • PSSA 1.6.8 A.  Speaking & Listening-Listen to Others
  • PSSA 1.6.8 D.  Contribute to Discussion
  • PSSA 1.6.8 E.  Participate in Small/Large Group Discussions
Brief Overview Students will create and use rubrics to grade career documents.
Grade Level 11th
Content Area(s) English
Other standards supported ASCA, PSCA, NCDG
Prep Time Teachers should be knowledgeable of Rubistar-computerized rubric maker (1 hour).
Implementation Time Two, 45-minute sessions
Learning Objectives Students will evaluate resumes retrieved from the internet against group created rubrics.
Materials Needed Computer access, chalkboard, chalk
Detailed Activity Steps Day 1
  • Generate teacher/student discussions related to effective elements/organization/language conventions of a resume.
  • List elements/concerns according to 3 domains from above.
  • Teacher should review definition of “rubric”- an assessment tool used to evaluate a product against established criteria. (PSSA writing rubric can be used as a sample)
  • Present Rubistar site www.rubistar.4teachers.org
  • Create brief rubric for personal letter as example. (see attached sample)
Day 2
  • Place students in groups of 4-5.
  • Encourage students to designate two groups; one to create Rubric from information from the first day, one to pull resume sample copies from the Internet. Encourage them to find “good” and “bad” examples.
  • Teacher will approve student-generated rubrics. (Make sure 3 components are represented)
  • Students will evaluate resume samples using generated rubrics.
Theory basis Super’s Theory
Evaluation/Assessment Group work skills rubric/independent work rubric
Comments Teacher(s) need to familiarize themselves with this website.
Enhancement Activities Peer assess other’s work. Defend evaluations.
Adaptation for at risk kids Adapt per IEP.
Resources www.rubistar.4teachers.org

Resume Rubric/Sample

Teacher Name: _____________________

Student Name: _____________________

CATEGORY 4 3 2 1
Grammar & Spelling Conventions Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling. Writer makes 1-2 errors in grammar and/or spelling. Writer makes 3-4 errors in grammar and/or spelling. Writer makes more than 4 errors in grammar and/or spelling.
Format Complies with all requirements for a resume. Complies with almost all the requirements for a resume. Complies with several of the requirements for a resume. Complies with less than 75% of the requirements for a resume.
Language Strong action words were used to describe ALL skills. Action words were used to describe ALL skills. Action words were used to describe most skills. No evidence of action words were used to describe skills.
Resume Organization Resume is effectively and obviously organized into 1 of the commonly known resume types (functional, chronological, professional, entry level). Resume is generally organized into 1 of the commonly known resume types (functional, chronological, professional, entry level). Resume is minimally organized. Resume is not effectively organized.

Date Created: 2003-07-10
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