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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


Materials and Technology



Teacher Resources




  • Computers with Internet access

  • Chart paper and markers

  • Overhead projector and transparencies

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1. Review Classroom Blogs and Wikis and Blogger in the Classroom to find practical tips for working with classroom blogs. Explore some of the example blogs listed and select a few to share with your class.

2. Visit Blogger and explore the Take a quick tour and Discover more features pages to familiarize yourself with the site.

3. Set up your classroom blog on Blogger, following the website’s straightforward instructions. You will need to include a list of links to Web resources for students, allow for Comments on blog posts, and add a site visitor counter. Refer to the Steps for Setting Up a Blog Using Blogger handout as needed. Be sure to follow any relevant school or district policies.

4. Familiarize yourself with the following three websites, which students will use during the lesson, and any additional sites you may choose to add so you can guide students to use them effectively for their research.
5. Fill out a sample Careers Note-Taking Form describing the occupation of teacher. You will use this as a model in Session 1 as you guide students in using the form.

6. Print the Career Sign-Up Sheet and post it on a classroom wall or bulletin board to track the occupations students are researching.

7. Print all other printouts from the Resources section (Careers Note-Taking Form, Blogging Information Sheet, Occupation Description Rubric, Blog Entry Publishing Checklist) and make a copy for each student. Also print a copy of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010–11 Edition, entry on Actors, Producers, and Directors.

8. If necessary, schedule time in the school computer lab for Sessions 1 through 4. If students do not have Internet access at home, you will also need to arrange time for them to use school computers to complete the homework assignments after each session.

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