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Exploring Careers Using the Internet

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five or six 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa L. Owens

Lisa L. Owens

Issaquah, Washington


International Literacy Association



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What does it take to be an animal trainer, a park ranger, or a crane operator? Students will learn about these careers and more as they research a wide variety of occupations the world has to offer. In this multisession lesson, students begin with a discussion of blogs and the concept of careers. Students choose careers that interest them or that they want to pursue, use online resources to research career options, and then publish occupational summaries to a class blog. To prepare students to write a blog entry, they discuss writing styles appropriate for an online format and view several examples of existing blogs. Students then use their research to write, share, and revise occupational descriptions, edit and proofread revised drafts, and publish final descriptions online. The resulting class blog is discussed as a class and sent to their target audience of students, teachers, and parents connected with their school.

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Careers Note-Taking Form: Students can use this note-taking form to organize their research of the careers they selected.

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McNabb, M.L. (2006). Literacy learning in networked classrooms: Using the Internet with middle-level students. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

  • "Teachers who use the Internet attest that it enables students to perform at high levels of literacy, induces them to write more fluently, fosters keen audience awareness, and challenges them to develop critical reading skills."

  • Teachers often use the Internet to facilitate collaboration through online dialogue and to share information with the global village (i.e., other teachers and students).

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