Monday, November 23, 2009

Competency 11 Project


Comparison Shopping Project

1. Select a clothing item that you would like to purchase.
2. Describe the item so that I can understand what you have selected.
3. Find that item in three stores. You can use catalogs from stores, sale papers, e-commerce sites, or actual walk-in stores. Find the price for your item, the store policy on returns and refunds, and the fabric content and information from the care label.
4. Present the information in a written format showing which store would be your choice to purchase your item and why.

1. Select something that you really want.
2. FOR EXAMPLE: A white 100% cotton tee-shirt with a crew neck and short sleeves. WHAT I WANT HERE- is the criteria that you will use to judge the item that you have selected. YOU NEED TO COMPARE ITEMS THAT ARE ALIKE. No comparing apples to oranges to bananas.
3. When you go shopping, you can ask the salesperson for help. Who knows? You might actually get the salesperson to show you where all the answers are and all you have to do it write down what they say.
4. You may use whatever format to show your information as long as it includes the information listed below. Graphs, tables, and drawings are all good ways to use your individual talents. Collage would work, and those of you that enjoy this kind of thing can get really creative.
*Description of item (or a combination of artwork and written description.)
*Name of the three stores
#Return Policy of each store
#Refund policy of each store
*Price of your item for each store (and anything different about your item for that store).
*Which store you would purchase from
*Why you picked that item at that store (what made that store’s item the best buy for you?

IF ALL THESE CRITERIA ARE MET, YOU’LL GET A 93. Anything above and beyond these guidelines will go from 94 to 100 depending on effort and product. As long as you include the basics you will get your “A”. Of course, if you do less than minimum, you will be graded accordingly.

Monday, February 9, 2009

First Presentation (Biography) DUE SEPTEMBER 23

The guideline for your biography presentation is as follows:

NO PAPER-Presentation Only.
Must be between 2 and 4 minutes long.

Research an individual who has contributed to society (artists, writers, educators, sports figures, political and religious leaders, historical figures, etc.) but whose death was related to substance abuse, suicide, or violence. Present your findings to the class.

When all presentations are complete, as a class we will reflect on the gifts and potentials these people left unfulfilled.

Must include Dates of Birth and Death.
Should include information about their childhood and rise to fame.
Must include why this person contributed to society.
Must include the lifestyle choice that caused this person to die prematurely.
Should include either audio or visual relating to the subject.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Teen Living Notebook Requirements

Title Page:

Information should include: Student’s name, Teacher’s name, Course name, Semester and Year. Creativity and color should be included. Class time and computers will be offered, or may be completed at home. May be done by hand or computer-generated.

Section 1: Daily Writing

The first thing you do every day, I have the prompts listed on the blog.

Format: Effective November 2, 2009 all responses to the daily writing must be posted to the homework drop box in your account. If you have questions or concerns about your account please ask a teacher, Mrs. Cahoon in the library, or Coach Dodd in the Interactive Classroom.

Section 2: Newspapers in Education (NIE)

This is your Friday writing assignment each week. You are to first read the newspaper, then select an article. Articles that relate to our curriculum in some way should be chosen first, if there is not one that week, select the most interesting article in that week's paper. Write the title of the article and the date. Summarize the article in your own words. The next paragraph should tell your opinion or reaction to the article. As before, use the same paper until it is full, then continue with another sheet.

Section 3: Classwork

When I return it to you, place it in chronological order from first until last. If it is in your notebook, if there is ever a mix-up with grades you will have it.

Section 4: Projects

All projects are designed to fit in your notebook. After I return it to you, place it in this section in order from first to last. It is also a safe place to keep projects in progress.

Section 5: Vocats Testing

All classroom testing will be done online at You will be given your username and password and you must log in each time you take a test. You are given unlimited attempts for each test and I will record the best grade. Time will be given for testing weekly during class, or you may log in and take your tests from home or any computer with internet access.

Section 7: Career Information

Includes: Career Profile Sheet, Resume, Cover Sheet, and Application.

Should include all required information
Information should be in the correct section and in the correct order
Should be turned in with papers that are neat, not torn and tattered, and pages should be in the rings of the notebook

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Design and produce a booklet for caregivers about first aid. Research the appropriate response for the following situations:

Insect bites and stings
Broken arm
Bug in eye
Clothing on fire
Animal bites
Electrical shock
Head injury from fall

Present the information in an organized booklet form.

Grading Criteria

  • Neat, organized, and attractive
  • Correct grammar and spelling
  • Colorful, creative
  • Includes all situations
  • Correct and appropriate information

Competency 5 Project ACTIVITY CHART

Working in pairs, create a chart with easy and creative activities for babysitters to use with children who are in the three stages of child development: infancy, toddler, and preschooler.
Color code each activity by the developmental area that it influences (social, emotional, physical, intellectual).

Grading criteria:

  • Directed toward target audience
  • Neat, organized, and attractive
  • Colorful
  • Creative
  • Interesting
  • Correct grammar and spelling
  • Includes three stages
  • Each stage includes 5 activities
  • Appropriate for the designated age group
  • Shows thought and creativity
  • Represents correct developmental area
  • Easy and creative activities
  • Wise use of time
  • Both students contributed equally to final product
  • Cooperative work/attitude

Monday, September 22, 2008

Mini Bulletin Board Project

Create a mini-bulletin board (to fit on a sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper) about effective job readiness skills. Be sure to include information about resumes, dress, job applications, and personal grooming. Your bulletin board should have a theme and the information should be presented in a creative yet clear and concise way. Research and include computer clip art/other printed materials that will enhance your theme. Sketch a rough draft of your mini-bulletin board idea. Use the planning process.

Grading Criteria

Mini-bulletin board theme
  • conveys main idea
  • eye-catching
  • shows clear thought

Support document info

  • comprehensive
  • clear, concise
  • accurate examples


  • support theme
  • parallel support documents
  • clear, concise

Organization and design

  • clear organization
  • ample amount of information
  • shows creativity
  • evidence of use of planning process


  • neat and clean
  • attractive and colorful
  • pleasing to the eye


1. Identify concerns

2. Set a goal

3. Form a plan

4. Act

5. Follow up

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Daily Writing Prompts Fall 2009

Each day when you come into the classroom, you should sit down and immediately begin working on the daily writing assignment. They are listed here in chronological order. There is a prompt for each day, Monday through Thursday. The number of the prompt for the day will be posted on the classroom calendar as a reminder. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WRITING EVEN IF YOU ARE ABSENT.

1. What are the five best things about starting back to school? Why are they your favorites?

2. What are values? How do values influence character? Give examples.

3. What do you think are the most stressful situations you deal with? How do you handle this stress?

4. Define courage. Write about something you think it would take courage to do.

5. What are your plans after high school? Be specific; give details.

6. What goals have you set for yourself for the next ten years?

7. How can you make a positive influence in the lives of others?

8. Friends are people you can be quiet with. -Anonymous

9. "Everything changes once you say it out loud." What do you think this means? Give an example of a situation that was affected by something said out loud. What do you think would have happened if it had been left unsaid?

10. Describe someone you know that makes the most of life. What qualities do you admire in this person?

11. What can you do as a student to ensure a good environment for learning? Are you doing your best?

12. If you could meet any former President of the United States and sit down and talk for a while, who would you select, and what would you want to talk about?

13. You only have 30 minutes to evacuate your home. What would you save, and why?

14. What state would you most like to visit and why?

15. What state would you least like to visit. Why not?

16. Fall is officially here. Tell me your seven favorite things about autumn, and your three least favorite things about the season.

17. If you were given the choice of a million dollars or doubling a penny a day for a year, which would you choose? Give reasons for your selection.

18. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% what you do with what happens to you. --Anonymous

19. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. --Socrates

20. To know when you have enough is to be rich. --Lao-Tse

21. Big results require big ambitions. --James Champy

22. The beginning is always today. --Mary Wollstonecraft

23. Folks will know how large your soul is by the way you treat a dog. --Charles F. Duran

24. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. --Greg Anderson

25. Nothing is worth more than this day. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

26. Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. --John Barrymore

27. Desire is the key to motivation. --Mario Andretti

28. The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. --Anonymous

29. Everyone has a "best" friend during each stage of life-only a precious few have the same one. --Anonymous

30. Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. --Peter F. Drucker

31. Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. --Winston Churchill

32. High expectations are the key to everything. --Sam Walton

33. Don't just be good, be good for something. --Anonymous

34. A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. --Anonymous

35. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. --Sally Berger

36. Laughter is an instant vacation. -Milton Berle

37. If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it! --Anonymous

38. There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend. --Katherine Hathaway

39. True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents. --John w. Gardner

40. Life is largely a matter of expectation. --Horace

41 Within our dreams and our aspirations we find our opportunities. --Sue Atchley Ebaugh

42. The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. --Ellen Parr

43. There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. --Marguerite Gardiner Blessington

44. Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. --Aristotle

45. All great achievements require time. --David J. Schwartz

46. Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. --Abraham Lincoln

47. Make the most of yourself-for that is all there is of you. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

48. Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself. --Paul Bryant

49. If you could have been any person from history, who would you have been and why?

50. When you were six years old, who was your very favorite family member? What made that person so special to you?

51. Describe your personal style. How do you dress to show it? What do you consider when you go shopping?

52. Your clothes speak even before you do. --Jacqueline Murray

53. Fashions can be bought. Style one must possess. -Edna Woolman Chase

54. Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly. --Epicetus

55. The body says what works cannot. -Martha Graham

56. What really matters is what you so with what you have. --Shirley Lord

57. No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back. --Turkish proverb

58. Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience. --Anonymous

59. Some people strengthen others just by being the kind of people they are. --John M. Gardiner

60. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better. --John Updike

61. Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. -Greek proverb

62. Those who look for beauty, find it. --Anonymous

63. Believe that you have it, and you have it. --Anonymous

64. The difference between style and fashion is quality. --Giorgio Armani

65. Time flies whether you're having fun or not. -Anonymous

66. Appearance rules the world. --Friedrich von Schiller

67. Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times. --Aeschylus

68. One good wish changes nothing. One good decision changes everything. --Anonymous

69. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. --ee cummings

70. A friend accepts us as we are yet helps us to be what we should. -Anonymous