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Create a Career Blog
|Grades||7 – 12|
|Activity Time||Two hours and 30 minutes (plus additional time to add more blog entries and review comments)|
No child escapes the question What do you want to be when you grow up? This activity invites children and teens to explore various careers and then answer that age-old question in a personal blog. Children will hone their research skills by searching career websites to find the information they need: How does someone become a dentist, a preschool teacher, a farmer? Next, they’ll sift through their research to pull out what’s important. And finally, they’ll create the blog—an online journal they can share with family and friends.
Good writers make smart decisions throughout the entire process—from research to finished product. This activity offers children and teens a chance to practice making those choices independently (with a little guidance). They’ll decide which Internet sites to visit and which links to pursue. The note-taking form will help children zero in on exactly what they need. And finally, they will use their notes to organize their thoughts and communicate career information clearly. Using a blog format also opens the door to self-expression.
This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plan “Exploring Careers Using the Internet.”