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Skills for a Better Job

The Ohio Resource Center’s (ORC) Standards First project recommends outstanding resources to help teachers connect academic and career-technical standards to a real-world context. Want to know what skills a person needs to succeed in a certain career field? Or do you want to find high quality lesson plans and projects to teach those career-specific skills? Go to: and choose one of the following Career Fields:

• Agricultural & Environmental Systems
• Arts & Communication
• Business & Administrative Services
• Construction Technologies
• Education & Training
• Engineering & Science Technologies
• Finance
• Government & Public Administration
• Health Science
• Hospitality & Tourism
• Human Services
• Information Technology
• Law & Public Safety
• Manufacturing Technologies
• Marketing
• Transportation Systems
• General Career Skills

You can narrow your search by Academic Subject: English Language Arts, Mathematics, or Science.
Finally, select whether you want resources For the Classroom or For Professional Reading.

Example: Sell Phones

Before finding a lesson, I wanted to know who is hiring in Cleveland, so I went to and clicked “View All” under “Look Who’s Hiring in Cleveland.” I saw the following jobs listed:

  1. Telemarketers,
  2. Collections, and
  3. Sales Representatives.

I went to ORC Standards First and selected the career field “Marketing” and resource type “For the Classroom.” 3rd on the list I found the following lesson:

Sell Phones: Exploring the Future of Cell Phone Markets

It is listed as a best practice Instructional Resource for English Language Arts aligned to Ohio Standards for 6-12 grades. Could I use this as a volunteer tutor teaching adult GED Test preparation students? The information from Ohio Resource Center tells me I can try this out on students studying reading at a variety of levels. And it looks interesting for adults. Perfect!

Click this link to view the lesson:

I open the lesson and glance through to see if a volunteer tutor could use it with adult GED Test preparation students:

Overview of Lesson Plan: In this lesson, students work in groups as competing teams responsible for preparing and presenting a comprehensive marketing plan to the board of a “new” cell phone company.

Suggested Time Allowance: 1 hour

Resources / Materials:
–student journals
–classroom blackboard
–copies of “Cingular Wins AT&T Wireless in an Early-Morning Drama” (one per student)
–computers with Internet access

Students will:
1. Reflect on their understanding of cell phone features, prices, and plans.
2. Learn about a merger creating the biggest wireless company in the United States by reading and discussing the article “Cingular Wins AT&T Wireless in an Early-Morning Drama” (link to article:
3. In groups, act as marketing team to present a comprehensive marketing plan to the board of the newly expanded company.
4. Explore in writing how best to market cell phones to teens.

Evaluation / Assessment:
Students will be evaluated based on initial journal writing, active participation in class discussions, thorough and accurate research and presentation of a marketing plan, and thoughtful completion of a written marketing brief.

The lesson also includes: questions to guide the activity, further questions for discussion, a list of vocabulary words, and extension activities with links to other related articles.

Reading this lesson, it looks like it is building exactly the skills someone would need to get a job in marketing by building a marketing plan and communicating that plan to others. It also helps build content skills needed to pass the GED Test like reading comprehension, writing, and even comparing numerical data. If I print this article, I could use it either with an individual student OR create small groups to give students the chance to practice the workplace skill of working in teams. I think it’s a great find, and it’s just ONE of the high quality resources you can find on this website!

Try it out at Ohio Resource Center Standards First

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Mustard Seed Training is a team of faith-based artisans creating materials for praying with children. Our ministry is to share the love of God and neighbor.

Our group was founded in 2018 by CGS catechist and woodworker Meagen Farrell. Meagen is an author, trainer, and PhD student in the fields of adult basic education and educational technology (that’s the “Training” part!).

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