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Expanding the Circle:
Respecting the Past, Preparing for the Future

Table of Contents

Curriculum Introduction

Theme One: The Discovery

Unit 1: The First Day

  • The Human Knot (view lesson)
  • Anticipation
  • The Onaakonan System (OS)
  • Journals and Community Circle
  • Guest Speakers
  • Graffiti Wall
  • Participation Contract
  • Today is Your First Day
  • Community Decision-Making Quilt
  • Animal Sanctuary Olympics

Unit 2: Social Supports

  • Expectations
  • Connections
  • Support Star

Unit 3: My Family

  • My Family Disclaimer
  • Life Within the Circle (Cangleska etima Wiconi - Lakota)
  • Family History

Unit 4: My Community

  • Community Timeline
  • Jigsaw Teaching Community History and Resources
  • Elder Interviews
  • Picture Book
  • Circles of Our Multi-Cultural Selves

Unit 5: About Me

  • How High Is Your Self-Esteem?
  • Accomplishments Tree
  • A Message to Myself
  • My Cultural Timeline
  • Learning Styles
  • Bryanís Learning Style

Unit 6: Responding to Change

  • Importance of Indian Humor
  • Blindfolded Obstacle Course
  • How Do You Handle Stress?
  • Stress Balls
  • How Do You Cope?
  • Positive Approach to Anger
  • When You Were Angry...
  • Dealing with Grief
  • Decision-Making Skills
  • Consider the Consequences
  • My Life Through My Lenses

Theme Two: The Framework

Unit 1: Goal- Setting

  • Go for the Goal
  • Give It a Try
  • Goal-Setting Star

Unit 2: Self-Advocacy

  • What is Self-Advocacy?
  • How Do You Get What You Need?
  • The Many Worlds I Travel In
  • What Does It Look Like?
  • Checklist for My Assertiveness Behavior Quotient
  • Toughest Indian
  • The Common Ground

Unit 3: Problem-Solving

  • What is Problem-Solving?
  • Gadgets Galore
  • And Then There Were Five...
  • Group Problem-Solving
  • Getting Along with Roommates

Unit 4: Organizational Skills

  • Budgeting for College
  • Monthly Planning
  • Time Management
  • Resource List

Unit 5: Communication Skills

  • The Power of Non-Verbal Communication
  • Reflections (view lesson)
  • The Communication Challenge
  • I Wish... I Wonder...
  • Telephone Line
  • I Need To be Heard
  • Unit 6: Diversity Awareness
  • People Search
  • A Place At the Table
  • Structured Interview

Theme Three: The Choice

Unit 1: The Vision

  • Introduction to Life after High School
  • Deciding to Make a Change
  • A Look to the Future (view lesson)
  • Transition Timeline
  • Transition Planning for A Fulfilling Future
  • The Possibilities
  • Personal Life Plan

Unit 2: Postsecondary Education

  • Comparing High School and College
  • College Exploration
  • Information Letter to College
  • College Site Visit
  • College Applications
  • The Dreaded Essay
  • Keeping Track
  • Paying for College
  • Financial Aid/Scholarship Search
  • Financial Aid Applications
  • College Success
  • College Sponsorship/Mentorship
  • Study Habits
  • Can You Follow Directions?
  • Prove What You Know
  • Learning from Lectures

Unit 3: Career Development

  • Career Assessment Inventory
  • My Style
  • Career Skills and Decisions
  • The Skills Circle
  • Career Exploration
  • Cover Letter to Employer
  • Winning Resumes
  • Employment Application
  • Interview Circle
  • Dress for Success
  • Plan to Impress
  • Thank You Letter
  • On the Job
  • On the Line
  • Work-Based Learning Experience

Unit 4: Military Training

  • Military as a Postsecondary Option

Theme Four: The Reflection

Unit 1: Bringing It All Together

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.