Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Five Paragraph Essay Career Objective


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Jane Graeff, Robert Allison and William Turbitt


Five Paragraph Essay Career Objective

Standards Addressed
  • 13.1.11 G Analyze the opportunity cost/benefit of continuous learning.
  • 13.1.11 A Analyze career options based on student interests, abilities, aptitudes, and accomplishments.
  • 13.1.11 C Evaluate opportunities for career preparation.
  • 13.1.11 D Justify the selection of a career.
  • 13.1.11 E Evaluate all opportunities for the transition from secondary to postsecondary education, training or work.
  • 13.1.11 F Evaluate individual career plan using decision-making skills.
  • 1.1.11 G Demonstrate understandings of both fiction and nonfiction. Text includes public documents.
    • Make extensions to related ideas, topics, or information.
Brief Overview Students will write a five-paragraph essay according to a specific format providing specific information. Students will be instructed to incorporate information they researched on the Occupational Outlook Handbook website in their essay.
Grade Level 11th
Content Area(s) Language Arts
Other standards supported
  • 1.4.11 B Write complex informational pieces
  • 1.5.11 A Write with a sharp distinct focus
  • 1.5.11 B Write using well-developed content appropriate for the topic
  • 1.5.11 C Write with controlled and/or subtle organization
  • 1.5.11 D Write with a command of the stylistic aspects of composition
  • 1.5.11 E Revise writing to improve style, word choice, sentence variety and subtlety of meaning after rethinking how questions of purpose, audience and genre have been addressed.
  • 1.5.11 F Edit writing using the conventions of language
  • HSPE 10.1A, H 8.1 A,C, AH 9.1 I, AH 9.2H, HSPE 10.4 A, B, H 8.2 A,F, RWSL l 1.8 A,B,C, FCS 11.4 A, H 8.3 A,F, RWSL 1.8 A,B,C, RWSL 1.8 A,B,C, H 8.4 A,F, M 2.2 A,B,F, M 2.6 A,B,H, M 2.7 C,D,E
Prep Time 1 hour
Implementation Time 30 minutes
Learning Objectives Students will demonstrate the ability to write a five paragraph essay and the ability to do all the analysis stated in 13.1 of the Standards for Career Education and Work.
Materials Needed
  • Computers with Internet Access and a printer
  • Career Objective Assignment
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Distribute assignment packets and review all components with the students.
    Assignment Content Requirements.
    Paragraph One
    Declare what your career objective is and promise (this is your introduction) in the essay to tell us why you chose this career, what training and education you need to realize this career, how you plan to obtain this training and education, where you hope to be in your career path five years from now and then ten years from now, and lastly where you are on your career path currently.

    Paragraph Two
    Tell why you chose this career

    Paragraph Three
    Tell what training and education you need

    Paragraph Four
    Career progress at five years and then 10 years

    Paragraph Five
    Statement of where you are presently in your career path
  2. Assign a due date for the essay.
Theory basis Trait-and-Factor, Holland, Super, and Brown’s Values-Based
Evaluation/Assessment Pennsylvania Holistic Writing Scale
Must meet all content requirements.
  1. Normally the Holistic scale is used by a group of evaluators, but it can be used by one instructor on a structured assignment.
  2. Help all students to edit their essays to perfection so it can be placed in their professional employment portfolio.
Enhancement Activities
  1. Practice peer editing by requiring students to exchange papers on the due date and revise and edit a classmate’s essay.
  2. Have students create an extemporaneous speech from the document and deliver the speech to the class.
Adaptation for at risk kids
  1. Make accommodations in writing assignment as directed by the IEP.
  2. Make suggestions of three reasonable careers of interest to the student who is undecided.

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