Scope & Sequence                                     2020-2021


Welcome to Senior Seminar

  • Senior Seminar Syllabus

  • Senior Information Survey

  • Senior Seminar Pre-Test

In this Module:

  • Students will learn about the Senior Seminar Program.

  • Students will read the Syllabus for Senior Seminar

  • Students will take a Senior Information Survey

  • Students will take a Pre-Test designed to assess their knoweledge


Big Ideas:  

  • A new class is like a new job where there are many rules and policies that must be followed in order to ensure a positive learning environment where all stakeholders are respected and encouraged to participate. 

  • Knowing what you know and don’t know can help you to figure out what you need to learn. 


  • Adhering to rules and policies makes a pleasant and safe work environment.  

  • Taking a pre-test can assist you in determining what you still need to learn. 


  • Students will follow rules and procedures in Senior Seminar. 

  • Students will take a pre-test on the Senior Seminar curriculum to determine what previous knowledge they possess. 

Essential Questions: 

  1. What rules are necessary to create a positive learning environment?

  2. What rules in a school are similar to rules in a workplace?

  3. How can following rules and policies make work more pleasant and safe?

  4. What do you already know about how to get and keep a job?

  5. What do you already know about supporting yourself and living on your own?


Workplace Vocabulary & Letters of Reference


  • Workplace Vocabulary

  • Letters of Reference

In this Module:

  • Students will learn basic employment vocabulary

  • Students will learn about letters of reference/reccomendation and learn the skills necessary to obtain two letters for their portfolio


Big Ideas:  

  • Just like any field, seeking and retaining employment involves its own vocabulary

  • Employers will want evidence that you are awesome as you say you are.   


  • Students will comprehend commonplace workplace vocabulary and teminology

  • Having references from people will improve the quality of your portfolio and allow employers to have a more favorable opinion of you.   


  • Students will learn employment vocabuluary through comprehension activities

  • Students will demonstrate comprehension by using the vocabulary throughout the year in the Senior Seminar Program.

  • Students will obtain two Letters of Reference throughout the school year which will be put in their portfolios.  

Essential Questions: 

  1. What vocabulary is used in the workplace?

  2. What terms are important to know when seeking employment?

  3. Why do I need Letters of Reference?

  4. What do people write in a Letter of Reference?

  5. Who makes a good reference?

  6. How do you ask for a Letter of Reference?

  7. What are “Resume Builders”?



Employment Process & Applications

  • Employment Process

  • Paper Applications

  • Online Applications & Screenings

In this Module:

  • Students will learn about the application process

  • Students will learn how to fill out a paper and an online application

  • Students will learn which tools they can use to assist them in their employment search


Big Ideas:  

  • In order to obtain employment, applicants must complete different types of job applications, which include demographic information as well as screening tests.

  • There are many tools available to a person seeking employment such as employment websites, job search checklists, and learning how to network with people.


  • Job applications provide employers with the information they need to determine if you will be a good fit for their workplace. Some of this information is demographic, other information includes screening tests.

  • Staying organized with an employment checklist will help a person to make the best of employment opportunities.

  • Knowing how to navigate the employment process will benefit your employment search.


  • Students will complete a paper information fact sheet similar to an application that they will use to fill out applications in the future.

  • Students will be able to complete an online application and know how to take online screening tests.

  • Students will understand the overall process of finding employment and how to utilize employment search tools.

Essential Questions: 

  1. Why do employers have applications?

  2. What information is necessary on an application?

  3. How must an application be filled out?

  4. What is a screening test and why do employers use them?

  5. What is the overall process for finding employment?

  6. How can a person network to create opportunities?

  7. What are some tools that will help in employment search?


Portfolios: Digital and Paper



Parts & Rules

  • Students will learn the different parts of a resume and the purpose of each.

  • Students will complete an activity to review basic resume writing rules.

Rough Draft

  • Students will use their completed Employment Fact Sheet  and the template provided in class to type their rough draft of their resume.

Final Edit

  • Students will make corrections on their edited resumes and save to be printed.

  • HOMEWORK: Send an email to Ms. Slattery.



Employment Correspondence

  • Students will learn about writing Cover Letters and complete in-class notes.

  • Students will learn about writing Thank You Letters and complete in-class notes.


Job Interviews: First Impressions

  • Students will learn how to prepare for a job interview and the importance of making a good first impression.

First Impressions

More Than Questions

  • Students will learn strategies and tips for doing well on job interviews.

Tell Me About Yourself

  • Students will learn about the most commonly asked interview questions and be given strategies  for answering them.


Personal Finance

Getting Paid

Paying Taxes

Creating a Budget

Renting an Apartment

  • Students will learn how to rent an apartment

  • Students will learnterminology used in rental listings.

  • Students will use internet sources to view apartment listings.

Banks and Credit Cards


Senior Seminar Wrap-Up

  • Students will review their portfolios and take them home.

  • Students will complete a survey about Senior Seminar.