Lesson Plan

Social Media Profiles and College Admissions

Does your social media image affect your chances of college?
Stacy B.
Classroom teacher
Canyon Lake Middle School
Lake Elsinore, United States
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies, English Language Learning
Objectives

Students will be able to... consider the benefits and drawbacks of having college admissions officers use their social media profiles as part of the college application process. 

Subjects
English Language Arts
forming arguments
reading comprehension
using supporting evidence
writing
writing clearly
Grades 7 – 9
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Video source 1- Discussion notes for AFTER watching the first time (watch twice)

Big Idea/EQ: Could social media make or break you when applying for college?

•Kaplan Test Prep survey found 30% of Admissions Officers (“Ad.Off.”) check social media accounts of applicants

•Cal Poly/UC Santa Barbara Admissions may NOT refer to social media accounts to decide on applicants

•because students present info on social media intended for friends to see, NOT intending for university audience

•Things to consider: video is from news channel; when was the survey?; How many college Ad.Off. Take part?; 2014 air date; UCSB rep credibility- who was she?

Video source 2- Discussion notes for AFTER watching the first time (watch twice, then maybe watch video 1 again for clarity)

Big Idea/EQ: Social media posts can hinder chances of acceptance

•Kaplan Test Prep surveyed 403 college Admissions Officers and found 35% check social media accounts/posts of applicants (2014 survey)

•same survey in 2008 showed 9% check it

•Only 16% of Ad.Off. Found negative info that would impact acceptance

•”50% drop from last year”

•means in 2013 24% Ad.Off. Found negative info that would impact acceptance

•More college Ad.Off. Watching, but less negative info. Found. ---What does this mean? Middle/High school students are more aware of what they are posting, and the effects the posts may have on their future? What types of posts are considered negative information that would affect chances of admission?

•Things to consider: info from 1 survey completed in 2014, what has changed since?; 403 college Ad.Off. Participated, what percentage is that of ALL Ad.Offs.?

Student Instructions

 

•Video source 1- “Social Media Affecting College Admissions”  (2:14) and discuss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1_mN-uE6_s 

•Video source 2- “Study: 35% of Colleges Look at Applicants’ Social Media Accounts”  (1:05) and discuss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZML-pcFnKOY 

 

•Students complete before reading quick write on handout “Before and After Reflection”

2 Direct Instruction

Begin with article 2, as it aligns with the introduction videos. The video linked on the article is actually the same as one of the intro videos.

Before reading give students a reading purpose- refer to handout Marking the Text: Non-Fiction (handout 35&36) and go over the First Read: Reading Purpose (section 1 and 2).

Show students the student example of marking the text on the handout Marking Argument.

Assign students to read article 2 and complete the reading purpose (marking the text).

**stop here for the day**

Discuss and share out markings from article 2

Perhaps read together as a class with reading purpose of identifying author’s claims (handout 35&36)

Find claims made by authors- introduce handout 38/39

OR read together as a class and then take notes using 10-2-2 strategy (handout 33)

Students should finish Before and After Reflection (complete After reading portion)

Article 1? Repeat steps, if needed/if time allows

Student Instructions

•Article 1- The Truth About Social Media and Admissions –has a bit of positive and negative sides to the topic https://www.huffingtonpost.com/kat-cohen/the-truth-about-social-media-admissions_b_3325839.html

•Article 2- High Schoolers Wise Up About Social Media When Applying For College –aligns with introductory videos https://www.cbsnews.com/news/high-school-role-of-social-media-in-college-applications/

3 Guided Practice

Use Pros/Cons charts to track evidence (after first read/close read)

Make sure students understand source numbering/works cited before beginning

Student Instructions

Pros

•Do Colleges Look at Your Social Media Accounts? https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2017-02-10/colleges-really-are-looking-at-your-social-media-accounts

Cons

•How Social Media Can Affect College Admissions https://www.teenlife.com/blogs/social-media-can-affect-college-admissions

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Assessing

Inform students that they will now answer this prompt:

Should college admissions officers be allowed to use applicants' social media profiles as a factor in deciding whether or not to accept a student? Use logical reasoning and sound evidence, citing specific text from multiple sources to write a multi-paragraph argumentative essay. 

Student Instructions

Should college admissions officers be allowed to use applicants' social media profiles as a factor in deciding whether or not to accept a student? Use logical reasoning and sound evidence, citing specific text from multiple sources to write a multi-paragraph argumentative essay.