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Resumes and Cover Letters for High School Students

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Resumes and Cover Letters for High School Students

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Eight 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Marcea K. Seible

Marcea K. Seible

Waterloo, Iowa


International Literacy Association



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Today's high school students must market their experiences, skills, achievements, and accolades to set them apart from others when applying to college or for a job. This lesson takes students through the steps of creating an effective resume and cover letter using ReadWriteThink's Resume Generator and Letter Generator.

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  • Resume Generator: This ReadWriteThink resource takes students through the process of creating a resume one step at a time.

  • Letter Generator: This ReadWriteThink resource helps students create a professional cover letter.

  • Sample High School Resumes and Cover Letters: These realistic resumes and cover letters help students visualize and generate content for their own documents.

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Irvin, J.L., Meltzer, J., Mickler, J.M., Phillips, M., & Dean, N. (2009). Meeting the challenge of adolescent literacy: Practical ideas for literacy leaders.

  • Reading and writing for authentic reasons is more motivating than reading or writing just because it is assigned.

  • By creating resumes and cover letters, high school students can develop their writing skills while creating documents that are useful to them.

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