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I used this in a job and career preparation class for 11th and 12th graders, but it could be used in any English class as an in-class essay assignment or homework assignment to assist students in thinking about their futures. Each paragraph has assigned questions, so students can just answer the questions for each paragraph and finish with well organized essay. (After finishing, I would suggest including a mini lesson on transition words, such as 'Next,' 'Furthermore', 'In conclusion,', and have students make sure they insert those between paragraphs to make their final product more cohesive.) Some sample questions are as follows:
What do you need to do now and in high school next year to get you to the college or job you want?
What education do you need to get the job or career you want?
What is your plan for postsecondary education? (Where do you plan to go to college?)
Approximately, how long will it take you to finish your degree(s)?
How much will your schooling cost?