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LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

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Decisions, decisions: A career exploration
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.10
In this lesson for grade seven, students complete personality profiles to explore career options, then conduct internet research to learn about specific careers. Students write evaluative essays about the careers they choose.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jen Presley.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Career vocabulary
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.1
In this lesson for grade seven, students will become familiar with vocabulary related to careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Anissia Jenkins.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Career research and acrostic poetry
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.6
In this lesson for grade 6, each student will research a chosen career and will use the information to create an acrostic poem.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Holly Grout, Deborah Smith, and Natalie Summers.Adapted by Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Comparing and contrasting careers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.9
This lesson for grade six will help students understand comparing and contrasting. Students will conduct career surveys with adults and will use the results to create Venn diagrams.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
That was then, this is now
Students will explore various career topics and study technological changes over last 30 years.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Guidance)
By Cary Lane Cockrell.
Grammar and editing
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.4
In this lesson for grade six, students will learn about the conventions of grammar and will learn how to write and edit a business letter.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 English Language Arts)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Fact and opinion in the real world
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.8
This lesson for grade 6 will help students understand the differences between fact and opinion based on career-related examples.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 English Language Arts)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Career areas of science: Vocabulary
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 5.1
In this lesson for grade eight, students discuss different scientific disciplines and gain an understanding of the suffix -ology.
Format: lesson plan
By Tammy Johnson and Martha Tedrow.
Career research and writing
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.2
In this lesson for grade seven, students will learn about a career that interests them and then share what they learned in peer groups. Students will then write a letter to the Better Business Bureau stating why they should be given an internship in their chosen career.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Michelle Kimel.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett, Anissia Jenkins, and Sonya Rexrode.
Career skill: Writing expressions and equations
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 2.9
In this lesson for grade seven, students will translate between natural language sentences and mathematical equations. Students will discuss how this skill may be useful in various careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Mathematics)
By Peggy Dickey and Barbara Turner.Adapted by Sharon Abell.
Map skills and transportation careers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.1
In this lesson for grades six and seven, students will create maps to assist their understanding of relative and exact location and will conduct research on transportation careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Mandy Matlock.
Careers in science
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 3.1
In this lesson for grade seven, students will sort careers into three groups -- mechanical physics, health sciences, and weather. Students will match careers with their descriptions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Guidance and Science)
By John Boyd.Adapted by Mitzi Talbert.
Safeguarding the Bill of Rights
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 6.5
In this lesson plan for grade eight, students read about the Bill of Rights and assess how people in various professions work to maintain those rights.
Format: lesson plan
By Andrea Stewart, Keisha Gabriel, and Patty Grant.
Careers in banking: Working with exponential growth
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 2.9
In this lesson, students use exponential growth to solve problems related to careers in banking.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 Mathematics)
By Debbie Brooks, Peggy Dickey, and Jan Sullivan.
Commercial and industrial designers: Working with volume
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 3.7
In this lesson, students calculate the volume of a variety of boxes, and calculate the change in volume that would result from a change in the boxes' dimensions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Mathematics)
By Valerie Davis, Sonya Rexrode, and Monika Vasili.
Guidance counselors: Working with scatter plots
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 3.10
In this lesson plan, students read about the life earnings of people with a variety of educational backgrounds and visualize the information using a scatter plot and line of best fit.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Guidance and Mathematics)
By Valerie Davis, Sonya Rexrode, and Monika Vasili.
Free falling: Working with radicals
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 2.4
In this lesson, students solve problems involving radicals and discuss the importance of radicals in various careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 Mathematics)
By Debbie Brooks, Peggy Dickey, and Jan Sullivan.
Percent of change: What's the deal?
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 2.5
In this lesson, students calculate percent of change and discuss how percent of change is used in retail careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Mathematics)
By Debbie Brooks, Peggy Dickey, and Jan Sullivan.
Predicting the future with best-fit lines
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 2.1
In this lesson plan, students use scatter plots and best-fit lines to make predictions based on data. Students also discuss how scatter plots and best-fit lines are useful in certain careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–9 Mathematics)
By Debbie Brooks, Peggy Dickey, and Jan Sullivan.
The five themes of geography
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.6
In this lesson for grade six, students will explore different career paths based on the five themes of geography.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Guidance and Social Studies)
By Shea Calloway.