# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Career Investigations Task 1419963140

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Explore all of the 16 career clusters.

Definition

Exploration should include
  • definition of a career cluster
  • description of each career cluster
  • analysis of career opportunities (including entrepreneurship) and related issues at the local, state, national, and international levels
  • skills needed for each career cluster
  • analysis of manual labor/hands-on (blue collar) occupations vs. business/office (white collar) occupations
  • whether each cluster is primarily a manual labor/hands-on (blue collar) occupation or a business/office (white collar) occupation
  • education needed to work in the career cluster
  • places you could work locally or in Virginia in each career cluster
  • salary range for each career cluster
  • gender gaps in career clusters (STEM, Information Technology).

Process/Skill Questions

  • What are the 16 career clusters?
  • What are the advantages of using career clusters to explore careers?
  • How do career clusters overlap?
  • Where are resources available regarding career clusters? (Virginia Career VIEW, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Career Planning Guide)
  • How do outlooks and projections differ for Virginia and the nation?
  • How are outlooks and projections similar for Virginia and the nation?
  • What career clusters are declining in job outlook?
  • What career clusters are increasing in job outlook?
  • What does it mean if a career is projected to increase or decrease?
  • What skills are needed for each career cluster?
  • What is the origin of the terms blue collar and white collar?
  • What better terms might describe the employment opportunities of these workers?
  • What are the differences between manual labor/hands-on (blue collar) occupations and business/office (white collar) occupations?
  • Is it necessary to differentiate between the two types?
  • How might one transition from a career considered blue collar to a career considered white collar?
  • What careers in each career cluster would be considered primarily manual labor/hands-on (blue collar) occupations?
  • What careers in each career cluster would be considered primarily business/office (white collar) occupations?

Related Standards of Learning

English

6.4

The student will read and determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts.
  1. Identify word origins and derivations.
  2. Use roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to expand vocabulary.
  3. Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among multiple meanings of words.
  4. Identify and analyze the construction and impact of figurative language.
  5. Use word-reference materials.
  6. Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

6.6

The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.
  1. Skim materials using text features such as type, headings, and graphics to predict and categorize information.
  2. Identify main idea.
  3. Summarize supporting details.
  4. Create an objective summary including main idea and supporting details.
  5. Draw conclusions and make inferences based on explicit and implied information.
  6. Identify the author’s organizational pattern(s).
  7. Identify transitional words and phrases that signal an author’s organizational pattern.
  8. Differentiate between fact and opinion.
  9. Identify cause and effect relationships.
  10. Analyze ideas within and between selections providing textual evidence.
  11. Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.

6.9

The student will find, evaluate, and select appropriate resources to create a research product.
  1. Formulate and revise questions about a research topic.
  2. Collect and organize information from multiple sources.
  3. Evaluate and analyze the validity and credibility of sources.
  4. Cite primary and secondary sources.
  5. Avoid plagiarism by using own words and follow ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information.
  6. Demonstrate ethical use of the Internet.

7.4

The student will read and determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts.
  1. Identify word origins and derivations.
  2. Use roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to expand vocabulary.
  3. Identify and analyze the construction and impact of figurative language.
  4. Identify connotations.
  5. Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among multiple meanings of words.
  6. Use word-reference materials to determine meanings and etymology.
  7. Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

7.6

The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.
  1. Skim materials using text features including type, headings, and graphics to predict and categorize information.
  2. Identify an author’s organizational pattern using textual clues, such as transitional words and phrases.
  3. Make inferences and draw logical conclusions using explicit and implied textual evidence.
  4. Differentiate between fact and opinion.
  5. Identify the source, viewpoint, and purpose of texts.
  6. Describe how word choice and language structure convey an author’s viewpoint.
  7. Identify the main idea.
  8. Summarize text identifying supporting details.
  9. Create an objective summary including main idea and supporting details.
  10. Identify cause and effect relationships.
  11. Organize and synthesize information for use in written and other formats.
  12. Analyze ideas within and between selections providing textual evidence.
  13. Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.

7.9

The student will find, evaluate, and select appropriate resources to create a research product.
  1. Formulate and revise questions about a research topic.
  2. Collect, organize, and synthesize information from multiple sources.
  3. Analyze and evaluate the validity and credibility of resources.
  4. Quote, summarize, and paraphrase information from primary and secondary sources using proper citations.
  5. Avoid plagiarism by using own words and follow ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information.
  6. Demonstrate ethical use of the Internet.

8.4

The student will apply knowledge of word origins, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development within authentic texts.
  1. Identify and analyze the construction and impact of an author’s use of figurative language.
  2. Use context, structure, and connotations to determine meaning and differentiate among multiple meanings of words and phrases.
  3. Use roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to determine the meaning(s) of unfamiliar words and technical vocabulary.
  4. Identify the meaning of common idioms.
  5. Use word-reference materials to determine meanings and etymology.
  6. Discriminate between connotative and denotative meanings and interpret the connotation.
  7. Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

8.6

The student will read, comprehend, and analyze a variety of nonfiction texts.
  1. Identify an author’s organizational pattern using textual clues, such as transitional words and phrases.
  2. Apply knowledge of text features and organizational patterns to analyze selections.
  3. Skim materials to develop an overview or locate information.
  4. Make inferences and draw conclusions based on explicit and implied information using evidence from text as support.
  5. Analyze the author’s qualifications, viewpoint, word choice, and impact.
  6. Analyze details for relevance and accuracy.
  7. Differentiate between fact and opinion.
  8. Identify the main idea.
  9. Summarize the text identifying supporting details.
  10. Identify cause and effect relationships.
  11. Evaluate, organize, and synthesize information for use in written and other formats.
  12. Analyze ideas within and between selections providing textual evidence.
  13. Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.

8.9

The student will find, evaluate, select, and synthesize appropriate resources to produce a research product.
  1. Formulate and revise questions about a research topic.
  2. Collect and synthesize information from multiple sources.
  3. Evaluate and analyze the validity and credibility of resources.
  4. Analyze information gathered from diverse sources by identifying misconceptions, main and supporting ideas, conflicting information, point of view, or bias.
  5. Cite primary and secondary sources using Modern Language Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association (APA) style.
  6. Quote, summarize and paraphrase research findings.
  7. Publish findings and respond to feedback.
  8. Avoid plagiarism by using own words and follow ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information.
  9. Demonstrate ethical use of the Internet.

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