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  • PLATO Courses Teachers GuideWorld History Before 1815

    2013 EDMENTUM, INC.

    PLATO Course





    Teachers Guide

  • PLATO Courses Career Explorations



    Career Explorations

    Course Components ............................................................................................................ 3

    Career Explorations, Overview ............................................................................................ 5

    Career Explorations, Curriculum Contents and Pacing Guide ............................................. 6

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    Course Components

    Lesson Activities and Assessments

    Lesson Tutorials. Tutorials provide direct instruction on the lesson topic. Students

    explore the content through the tutorial and then apply their knowledge in the

    lesson quiz and lesson submission.

    Lesson Quizzes. Lesson quizzes are assessments designed to measure students

    mastery of lesson objectives. A lesson quiz consists of a set of multiple-choice items

    that are graded by the system.

    Lesson Submissions. Lesson submissions are designed to measure students

    mastery of lesson objectives. Submissions consist of a set of subjective questions.

    Students submit these essay-type questions for grading through the Digital Drop

    Box. Teachers score submissions based on the subjective assessment rubric provided


    Course-Level Activities and Assessments

    Labs. These occasional activities (when they appear in any course) are written

    assessment assignments that allow students to apply their learning in a significant

    way. They are designed to be an authentic learning and assessment tool, allowing

    students to do something real to develop new understanding and providing a

    subjective measure of that understanding. Teachers score these assignments based

    on the subjective assessment rubric provided below.

    Midterms. Midterms are designed to ensure that students are retaining what they

    have learned. Midterms consists of a set of multiple-choice items that are graded by

    the system.

    Final Exams. Final exams are designed to ensure that students have learned and

    retained the critical course content. Final exams consist of a set of multiple-choice

    items that are graded by the system.

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    Subjective Assessment

    Subjective assessment activities (such as lesson submissions) are designed to address

    higher-level thinking skills and operations. Subjective assessment activities employ the

    Digital Drop Box, which enables students to submit work in a variety of electronic formats.

    This feature allows for a wide range of authentic learning and assessment opportunities for


    Instructors can score students work on either a 4-point rubric or a scale of 0 to 100. A

    sample rubric is provided here for your reference.

    Subjective Assessment Rubric (Sample)

    D/F 069



    C 7079


    B 8089


    A 90100


    Relevance of


    The response

    does not relate

    to the topic or is


    or irrelevant.

    The response is

    not on topic or

    is too brief or

    low level. The

    response may be

    of little value

    (e.g., a yes or no


    The response is


    related to the


    The response is

    consistently on

    topic and shows


    thought about the


    Content of


    Ideas are not

    presented in a

    coherent or

    logical manner.

    There are many

    grammar or

    spelling errors.

    Presentation of

    ideas is unclear,

    with little

    evidence to back

    up ideas. There

    are grammar or

    spelling errors.

    Ideas are



    although there

    is some lack of

    connection to

    the topic. There

    are few

    grammar or

    spelling errors.

    Ideas are

    expressed clearly,

    with an obvious

    connection to the

    topic. There are

    rare instances of

    grammar or

    spelling errors.

  • PLATO Courses Career Explorations


    Career Explorations, Overview

    This semester-long course teaches students about 13 career clusters and three career

    pathways. This course also encourages learners to use a number of employment resources

    both in print and on the Internet. Throughout this course, students will practice valuable

    life and career skills, including resume writing, interview techniques, budgeting, time

    management, and long-term planning.

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    Career Explorations, Curriculum Contents and

    Pacing Guide

    This semester-long course helps students explore and write about their interests,

    talents, achievements, and goals. The course has 17 lessons that have been divided

    thematically into self-assessment sections and information on employment options. A

    suggested pacing guide is provided here.

    Day Activity/Objective Type

    1 day:


    Syllabus and Plato Student Orientation

    Review the Plato Student Orientation and Course Syllabus at the beginning of this




    4 days:


    Personal Identity and Role Models

    Identify a positive role model and explain how such role models can be beneficial.

    List and describe 20 personal, professional, and other goals.

    Identify expectations and stereotypes that affect students, and compare these expectations to their own goals.

    Use visualization to create positive images about their futures.


    5 days:


    Skills, Aptitudes, and Accomplishments

    Identify and describe their most important activities, responsibilities, and accomplishments.

    Describe their strengths and weaknesses.

    Relate their achievements to their aptitudes and skills.


    5 days:


    Personality Traits and Interests

    Identify their favorite activities and relate them to their interests.

    Categorize their interests in terms of preference for working with people, information, or things.

    Compare the results of several personality and interest-inventory tests.

    Evaluate the usefulness and validity of such tests.

    Relate their interests to their life goals and identify ways to fulfill such interests and goals outside of their career.

    Identify the purpose of the Meyers-Briggs test.

    Define the four components of the Meyers-Briggs personality types.


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    Day Activity/Objective Type

    5 days:


    Industry Clusters

    Define industry, the structure of an industry, and the goals of an industry.

    Describe the function and purpose of a labor union.

    Classify industries as goods producing or service providing and by industry cluster.

    Recognize and briefly describe each of the 42 industries identified in the Career Guide to Industries.

    Identify occupations, levels of employment, and education requirements within each industry.

    Research using the Career Guide to Industries on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.


    5 days:


    Occupational Groups

    Describe the organizational structure of the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.

    Identify occupational clusters and occupational groups of the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.

    Distinguish between occupational clusters, occupational groups, and specific occupations.

    Identify skills needed and activities performed by workers of various occupations.

    Associate occupations with different levels of education.


    5 days:


    Using the Occupational Outlook Handbook

    Find occupational information in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

    Summarize the information provided in occupation descriptions.

    Locate additional sources of information on occupations using the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

    Compare and contrast occupations on the basis of a variety of factors.

    Identify various types of compensation.

    Interpret information on occupational earnings from a chart.


    5 days:


    Career Pathways, Research, and Reports

    Identify and define the three basic types of career pathways: entry, skilled, and professional.

    Analyze the costs and benefits of more or less education and training.

    Relate their interests, aptitudes, personality, and goals to different occupations.

    Select an occupation to research.


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    Day Activity/Objective Type

    5 days:


    Research Sources and Citations

    Distinguish between primary sources and secondary sources.

    Distinguish between appropriate research sources and inappropriate sources.

    Identify four possible sources of research information.

    Explain the importance of proper citation techniques.

    Find information in an appropriate research source and cite it correctly.

    Create a