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Freshman Seminar

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Too many students enter large, comprehensive high schools without the necessary social and academic skills or understanding of what will be expected of them as they move through the high school curriculum and post-secondary education. Often this lack of knowledge reveals itself in hostility, frustration, resentment, and apathy. Freshman Seminar was created to defuse students’ hostility and frustration and expose them to the social and academic skills to be successful in high school.

Freshman Seminar is a course offered during the first semester of ninth grade. Students practice the note-taking, time management, study, social and human relations skills they need every day in their academic and elective subjects and in their “real” lives outside of school. They learn more about themselves and their futures in the worlds of post-secondary education and careers.

Components

Freshman Seminar (FS) is a course offered during the first semester of ninth grade. The course contains seven units, ranging from seven to 18 lessons.

Freshman Seminar’s Units:

Unit 1: Orientation

Unit 2: Study Skills

Unit 3: Careers

Unit 4: Post-Secondary Decisions

Unit 5: Human Relations

Unit 6: Technology

Unit 7: Student Portfolio

In-depth lessons use a variety of innovative and traditional teaching techniques including:

  • long-range projects,
  • cooperative learning activities,
  • and reflective journal writing.

Students practice the note-taking, time management, study, social and human relations skills they need every day in their academic subjects and in their “real” lives outside of school. As students progress through the course, they learn more about themselves and their futures in the worlds of post-secondary education and careers.

Each unit’s activity contains a suggested time length, required materials, and daily behavioral objectives.

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Sample Lessons

Unit 2: Education, Career, and Lifestyle

Students will be able to:
• Explore the meaning of “lifestyle” and determine which lifestyle considerations are most important to their lives
• Understand the connection between lifestyle and career
• Complete a monthly budget based on where they think they will be in 15 years
• Consider lifestyles that sacrifice money in order to gain other values and rewards

Click here to download the sample lesson

Unit 5: The Dynamics of Conflict

Students will be able to:
• Define conflict
• Examine the positive and negative aspects of conflict
• Distinguish the different types of conflict: intrapersonal, intragroup, interpersonal, intergroup
• Demonstrate that they know what causes conflict and what is at issue in most conflicts

Click here to download the sample lesson

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Materials

Download FS Brochure

Download FS Lessons & Objectives

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