Rachael Haverstick, Jenna Reich
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
High School
Career Education and Work, Career Profiles, Career Readiness, College and Career Readiness, HS English
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Career Profile Research

Career Profile Research


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: Career Profile Research

Course Name: General English 12

Grade Level: 12

Author’s Name: Jenna Reich

Author’s School District: Lebanon School District


PA Academic Standards for English Language Arts

CC.1.2: Reading Informational Text

CC. 1.2.11-12.L - Read and comprehend literary nonfiction and informational text on grade level, reading independently and proficiently.

CC.1.4: Writing

CC.1.4.11-12.S - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research, applying grade-level reading standards for literature and literary nonfiction

CC.1.4.11–12.V - Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self- generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

PA Academic Standards for Career Education and Work

13.1: Career Awareness and Preparation

13.1.11.B - Analyze career options based on personal interests, abilities, aptitudes, achievements and goals.

13.1.11.E - Justify the selection of a career.13.1.11.F - Analyze the relationship between career choices and career preparation opportunities.

13.2: Career Acquisition (Getting a Job)

13.2.11.B - Apply research skills in searching for a job

  • CareerLinks
  • Internet (i.e. O-NET)
  • Networking
  • Newspapers
  • Professional associations
  • Resource books (that is Occupational Outlook Handbook, PA Career Guide)
Learning Objectives
  • Students will conduct research based on their future career goals.
  • Students will synthesize research to write a profile of the career in essay form.
Conceptual Background
This unit begins with students learning how to set SMART goals. Students will take guided notes on what a SMART goal is and write a SMART goal for their future career.
Instructional Procedure
PacingInstructional Procedure
Day 1
5 minutesActivating strategy: Begin class by having students share their SMART goal with a partner. (relates to the previous lesson on how to write SMART goals)
10 minutesIntroduce the research assignment to the class and go over the expectations.
  • Explain that students will write a Career Profile essay as a summative assessment for their research.
  • Explain the research assignment to the students.
Show students how to access the Occupational Outlook Handbook online and how to navigate the website.
40 minutesAllow students the remaining class time to begin conducting research on their chosen career.
Day 2
62 minutesStudents should continue their research and answer the guided research questions during the class period. Students should submit the answers to the guided research assignment by the end of the second day.
Formative Assessment
Students will submit their completed guided research assignment before they begin working on the Career Profile essay.
Materials Needed
Guided Research for Career Profile Occupational Outlook Handbook website