For Educators - 8th Grade

8th Grade Classroom Materials

If you’re looking for resources for 8th grade, then you’re in the right place. All the Own Your Own Future lesson plans and classroom activities can be accessed here. The materials are organized in the same structure as the student portion of the site:

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Classroom Materials for Why Go to College.

Watch Making Your Parents Proud Watch Transitioning from Middle School to High School

The resources below are aligned with the student Why Go to College? section. Each lesson plan or activity can be downloaded separately.

Classroom Materials Title Description
What are You Interested in? To tie interest inventories to career possibilities, view a video and follow a student as he learns firsthand about a cool profession.
Transitioning from Middle School to High School Thinking ahead is always a good thing—especially when it comes to school. This activity shows middle-school students where to go for answers to their burning questions about high school.
The Importance of STEM Skills The writing activity in this lesson allows students to be creative in developing a job description for an online job bank.
Making Your Parents Proud Use this lesson (and the accompanying video discussion guide) to help students understand that achieving a college education can have far-reaching effects on both them and their families.

Classroom Materials for Prep for College.

Watch Mentors Are All Around Watch Maximizing Your Time

The resources below are aligned with the student Prep for College section. Each lesson plan or activity can be downloaded separately.

Classroom Materials Title Description
Credit Report Help students understand the importance of earning credits toward high school graduation, beginning as early as middle school.
Why Leadership Skills are Important Encourage students to explore the importance of developing leadership skills and the different ways they can be a leader at home, in school, or in their community.
Building a College Portfolio This activity is an introduction to the planning process involved in building a college portfolio.
Maximizing Your Time This lesson will help students with goal setting and time management and to make them more aware of how to use time off to their advantage.
Working in Teams This activity allows students to reflect on the importance of working together successfully to accomplish a goal.
The Importance of Getting Involved This discussion encourages students to think about the benefits of joining different clubs and organizations for themselves, their schools and communities.
Taking Advanced Courses This lesson encourages students to start earning college credits as early as middle school in order to build a strong foundation for college-level courses.
How Electives Can Help You These activities help students understand how electives electives choices now can support their long-term goals.
How Planning Ahead Can Help You Help your students to start thinking about their academic plans for high school, and how those choices can help them achieve their goals.
Planning a Long-Term Project After viewing the video, these activities can help your students build project-planning skills they will need in high school, and beyond.
Mentors Are All Around This module can help you communicate the value of having a mentor throughout your students' lives.

Classroom Materials for Find a College.

Watch Different Types of Postsecondary Education Watch Community College: Stepping Stone

The resources below are aligned with the student Find a College section. Each lesson plan or activity can be downloaded separately.

Classroom Materials Title Description
College Degrees Explained This lesson delves into information about different types of degrees students might pursue, possible length of study, and examples of careers related to each degree.
Building a Support System Using a video about building support systems as a beginning point, this lesson encourages students to work with others to develop an action plan for their future.

Classroom Materials for Pay for College.

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The resources below are aligned with the student Pay for College section. Each lesson plan or activity can be downloaded separately.

Classroom Materials Title Description
Start Saving for College Students can learn valuable tips for saving money for college. It's not too early!