Rachael Haverstick, Kathryn Kline Grove
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
High School
Career Awareness, Career Education and Work, College and Career, Job Application, School Counseling
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Education Standards (2)

Leaving a Paper Trail

Leaving a Paper Trail


Middle and High School educators across Lebanon County, Pennsylvania developed lesson plans to integrate the Pennsylvania Career Education and Work Standards with the content they teach. This work was made possible through a partnership between the South Central PA Workforce Investment Board (SCPa Works) and Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) and was funded by a Teacher in the Workplace Grant Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. This lesson plan was developed by one of the talented educators who participated in this project during the 2019-2020 school year.

Title of Lesson: Leaving a Paper Trail

Course Name: Guidance Career Development Lesson

Grade Level: 10

Author’s Name: Kathryn Kline Grove

Author’s School District: Lebanon School District


ASCA School Counselor Professional Standards & Competencies:

B-SS 2: Provide appraisal and advisement in large-group, classroom, small-group and individual settings.

  • Develop strategies to provide appraisal and advisement to students and families about attaining the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success.
  • Use assessments to help students understand their abilities, values and career interests.
  • Include career opportunities, labor market trends and global economics to help students develop immediate and long-range plans.
  • Help students understand the importance of postsecondary education and/or training as a pathway to a career.
  • Help students and families navigate postsecondary awareness, exploration, admissions and financial aid processes.
  • Connect students to workplace experiences to deepen understanding and explore career interests.
PA Academic Standards for Career Education and Work

13.2: Career Acquisition (Getting a Job)

13.2.11C. - Develop and assemble, for career portfolio placement, career acquisition documents, such as, but not limited to:  

  • Job application
  • Letter of appreciation following an interview
  • Letter of introduction
  • Postsecondary education/training applications
  • Request for letter of recommendation
  • Resume

13.2.11E. - Demonstrate, in the career acquisition process, the application of essential workplace skills/knowledge, such as, but not limited to:

  • Commitment
  • Communication
  • Dependability
  • Health/safety
  • Laws and regulations (that is Americans with Disabilities Act, Child Labor Law, Fair Labor Standards Act, OSHA, Material Safety Data Sheets)
  • Personal initiative
  • Self-advocacy
  • Scheduling/time management
  • Team building
  • Technical literacy
  • Technology
Learning Objectives
Students will master academic, occupational, and general employability skills in order to obtain, create, maintain, and/or advance their employment.  Students will be able to identify necessary documents and resources for job acquisition and retention.
Conceptual Background
The teacher needs to have a thorough understanding of job application processes in a variety of settings, and how to access tools and resources in order to help students obtain the appropriate documents, records, and personal information necessary to complete prerequisite paperwork for job acquisition/retention.  Teacher must also be familiar with restrictions, standards, and regulations pertaining to laws and administrations such as Americans with Disabilities Act, Child Labor Laws, Fair Labor Standards Act, OSHA, etc.
Instructional Procedure
PacingInstructional Procedure
5 minutesOverview of importance of documentation and credentials needed when applying for a job. Have samples for display, so students can familiarize themselves with documents.
10 minutesIntroduce the variety of specific forms to be filled out or obtained to seek, obtain, maintain and change jobs (ex: Social Security form, W-4 form, Driver’s license, Birth certificate, Citizenship papers, Professional licenses, Job application forms, Selective Service, etc.).
5 minutesDistribute samples of a variety of employment records and forms for students, and discuss the importance of forms, and why such information is needed. Discuss with students the importance of memorizing their social security number.
10 minutesComplete sections of forms as a group, and then provide one for them to do on their own.
25 minutesHave students discuss and share their own experiences with the job application process. Practice identifying or filling in various records or forms. Compare similarities and differences in job application forms, what information is consistently requested, how arrangements of forms may differ, and what information is requested that may be considered illegal to ask or require.
5 minutesReview and summarize lesson
Formative Assessment
Students will be evaluated on their ability to identify different forms, their understanding of the importance of forms and records in the workplace, and their ability to successfully complete several types of forms.
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