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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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Tracey Vacek

March 18, 2017

This will be my first try at teaching resume writing. This is so easy to follow I feel so much more prepared.

Thank you!


F. Andrew

February 07, 2016

I love your resume generator, but I would love it even more if it had a section for references at the end. Most of my students would like to include a references section. Perhaps I am missing something, but this would take the generator from good to great!



January 13, 2016

Thank you for sharing this, I am day 3 into resumes and I am losing the students. I found your plans to be stimulating, now I will adjust my structure and be able to improve my presentation. Thank you again for generously sharing your insight and knowledge.


Kaelyn D

September 05, 2015

I found your lesson plan when searching for resources for my Professional Writing Unit. This is excellent! Thank you so much for sharing- my teaching is better for it.


Jennifer O

May 06, 2015

Thank you. After teaching middle school for several years, I moved to high school and needed resources to cover this unit. This was amazingly easy and clear.


Betty Love

February 13, 2015

Your lesson plan is awesome. Thank you for sharing it with us.


Jennifer H

October 09, 2014

This worked extremely well in my senior English classes. Although there was an issue with students emailing me their resumes from the Resume Generator. The Adobe files loaded for five out of my six classes. I loved the analysis of the sample resumes and cover letters. But, if I could make a suggestion, there should be more of a difference between Jane and John's resume and cover letter.

This is an important unit to teach, especially to seniors, and I am incredibly thankful to have found this on the website. The resources were great and the information is beneficial.

Thank you so much!

Jenn :)



July 31, 2014

Thank you so much for putting this together! I teach a lower-level English class for seniors, and they struggled with my more complex unit last year. This unit really breaks things down in a way that will be easier for them. Great resource, and thanks again!


Jeff Langer

February 26, 2014

I am a college senior majoring in business education and stumbled across this website and your lesson plan. Just wanted to say THANK YOU for taking your time to create this lesson plan and share it! I will definitely be bookmarking this site and look forward to reviewing more of your lesson plans!


Morgan D

March 05, 2013

Dear Marcea:

I just wanted to tell you that you have saved my day!!

I am an ESOL teacher in the UK working on a post-grad qualification. I have an observed teaching lesson next week and I was panicking because I was suffering from "writer's block" until I saw your lesson plan. Now I have something solid to go by and this will, hopefully, help me save the day. (Keeping my fingers crossed here!)

I haven't enough words to say THANK YOU from across the Atlantic.

Take care,

Morgan :)



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