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13th Year Plan Essay Writing

Purpose: The High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) gives students the opportunity to think about their future and develop a plan to get the most out of high school so they're ready to pursue their adult lives no matter what direction they plan to take.

Depending on your choice, there are three or four components to the HSBP.  All items should be printed, clipped or stapled together and submitted to one of the KSD counselors.








WOIS Career Interest Areas Activity


Complete the Career Interest Areas Activity, two surveys that will help you identify possible careers based on your interests.

A link to WOIS can be found here.  An iGrad username and password are required for the initial log on and are provided on the WOIS Career Areas Interest Activity document.


Include a printout of your survey results in your HSBP along with your research about one area of career/job focus.





Job Shadow


Submit the completed Job Shadow or Career Interview Prior Approval

Complete a 3-hour job shadow in a career area of interest, fill out the Job Shadow Observation Form





Career Interview

Interview someone who is employed in a career or field that interests you.   Use the Career Interview Questions and Reflection form.







High School Course and Graduation Plan

Complete the High School Course and Graduation Plan indicating how and when you will meet your high school graduation requirements including classes, state tests, and culminating project.

Class of 2013+:   If your third year of math is something other than Algebra 3-4, please complete this formand give it to your counselor as well.




13th Year Plan

Complete one of the 13th year beyond plans that reveals evidence of career exploration following high school (i.e. entrepreneurship ,military enlistment,college bound, employment).

The plan should be well thought out and accurately represent your skills, abilities, and interest with realistic and attainable goals for reaching the education and career goals identified.







Write a five-paragraph essay that tells your story, including the aspects of your life that have helped you become the person you are now.  Think about your past experiences, your present situation, and your future goals.


As you are thinking about your experiences and gathering ideas, consider all parts of your life:


o   School

o   Friends

o   Family

o   Community

o   Activities

o   Jobs


Your essay should be an example of your best writing.  Use correct grammar, capitalization, spelling, and punctuation. Please type your essay.


Possible format:


Paragraph 1        Write an introduction to you and your story.


Paragraph 2        Write about your past.

  •    What has happened in your life that has shaped who you are now?


Paragraph 3        Write about your present situation in relation to school and your goals. 

  • What is your current situation? 
  • How do you feel about that?
  • What steps are you currently taking to make progress towards your future?  Or what steps do you intend to take?


Paragraph 4        Write about your interests, plans, and goals for your future.

  • How have your experiences influenced your plans and goals?
  • What are your immediate goals? 
  • What are your goals for 5 years in the future?


Paragraph 5        Write a conclusion to wrap up your story.

  • End with some final thoughts that show us how your past experiences have changed you and are making you into the person you want to be.
  • You could also include how these experiences have prepared you for a successful life and career.












Before you start writing your essay, it is important that you plan it. Below is an example of what an essay plan should look like (including explanations and tips), and how much detail it should contain. You can use this as a guide for your essay plans.

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Essay Question: Was the Russian Revolution a genuine revolution or was it a coup?

Word Limit: 2,000 words

Introduction (10% of word limit): 200 words

Introductions should never be longer than 500 words, so this 10% guide only applies to essays shorter than 5,000 words.

To be considered an Introduction, an Introduction must do two things:

Answer the question – It was a genuine revolution.
This must be done first. An Introduction must answer the question. This is how you put forward a strong argument.

List the evidence your essay will put forward to prove your answer – This can be seen through an examination of the sections of society which supported the revolution. workers, peasants, soldiers, national minorities. Any major topic or subject that you plan to discuss in your essay must be introduced in the Introduction.

Body of the Essay: 400 words each

How long you spend writing about each subject should reflect the importance of each subject. If all four topics are of equal importance, write roughly the same amount of words on each. If a topic is more important, write about it first and write more words on it. If a topic is less important, write about it last and write fewer words on it.

Topic 1: workers

Topic 2: peasants

Topic 3: soldiers

Topic 4:  national minorities

Conclusion (10% of word limit): 200 words

Conclusions should never be longer than 500 words, so this 10% guide only applies to essays shorter than 5,000 words.

To be considered a Conclusion, a Conclusion must do two things:

Answer the essay question again (using different words than in the Introduction, don’t repeat yourself exactly) –  It was a genuine revolution.

Recap (repeat, summaries) all the evidence you have given to prove your answer during your essay– workers, peasants, soldiers, national minorities

A conclusion must not contain any new information, you are only summarising what you have already written.

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