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PPS401: Coll Entr (2014-2015)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Career and Technical Education
COURSE TITLE: College Entr Prep
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015

Major Concepts/Content: The College Entrance Preparation course is an academic elective designed to provide students with the skills necessary to perform successfully on postsecondary admission assessments, such as the SAT/ACT. This is a one-semester course, and the major concepts/content taught are mathematics, English language, reading, writing, and science (ACT). Throughout the duration of this course, students will focus on the college and career readiness standards as defined by the SAT and ACT assessments. This includes areas such as critical reading, writing, number and operations, algebra and functions, geometry and measurement, and other analytical concepts. Students will explore other components required for success in the college preparatory process, such as test-taking strategies, problem solving, critical thinking skills, and overall test structures/formats specific to the respective assessment. Students may also explore additional college entrance processes, such as essay writing, applying for financial aid, and the overall college application process

Major Instructional Activities: The primary instructional activities for the college preparatory course consist of, but not limited to, students’ participation in independent and collaborative college readiness activities, such as timed essay writing, passage-based reading, and analysis of the context of a sentence or larger sections of text to clarify the meaning of unknown words. Students will learn how to differentiate among multiple possible meanings of words, detect nuances, and infer connotations. In the area of mathematics, students will participate in activities such as deciphering word problems, interpreting and solving word problems using multistep proportional reasoning, comparing and contrasting algebraic and geometric representations, and the process of creating and using ratios, fractions, or percentages, including algebraic expressions in solving problems. Other activities will focus on developing the students’ problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities. Upon completion of sitting for a college entrance exam, students will continue to focus on the conceptual areas of weakness for the remainder of the course in addition to revising their 4/6-year plan, identifying majors, writing personal statements, and how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid application

Major Evaluative Techniques: Formative assessment is a critical resource for determining a student’s knowledge base and will be used routinely throughout the semester in the college preparatory process. Students will participate in mini quizzes, analytical processing activities, and mock exam sessions. Additionally, students will and regularly complete self-reflection activities to check for conceptual mastery while receiving feedback from their peers and teacher.

Course Objectives: • Prepare for college entrance examinations. • Participate in mock exam sessions and ongoing formative assessments aligned to the content standards. • Participate in ongoing mathematical learning processes. • Improve critical reading, problem solving, and reasoning skills as identified from pre-assessments, such as the PSAT/NMSQT. • Utilize PSAT/NMSQT and other datasets to develop individualized assessment preparation plans. • Identify and establish a long-term (2-3 months) skills plan to address conceptual areas of weakness. • Enhance critical reading strategies ability through exposure to and analysis of rigorous pieces of text. • Develop test preparation strategies specific to the respective college entrance assessments. • Participate in timed writing activities aligned to college entrance exams (such as the SAT/ACT essay writing criteria), learn to self-assess writing skills, make corrections, and participate in the peer editing process. • Learn the format/structure of various college entrance assessments. • Utilize various test preparation resources, including e-tools (e.g., SAT online) and the tutorial platform