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Karen Mullican

College Prep

Sequoyah High School


Certified Secondary Teacher

I have been working with students on preparing for college for 18 years. 

Phone: Email: Karen Mullican

College Prep Syllabus:




Teacher:                          Mrs. Karen Mullican

Location:                        Room 9

Office Hours:                 2:00 p.m.—3:20 p.m. daily/Fourth Block

Also available from       3:30 p.m.—4:30 p.m. by appointment

Phone:                             918-453-5184

E-mail:                            karen-mullican@cherokee.org

Credit:                             ½ (.5) per semester, 1 per term

Required/Elective:         Elective, 5th English Option

Semester(s):                    2

Pre-requisite:                  None


Course Description:

The premise for College Prep/College & Careers class(s) is to provide all students a course that will aid them in making clear, careful and creative choices for college and career readiness in the areas of course selection, goal setting, career planning, and postsecondary educational options, including financial aid.  It is the intention of this class that students will have an increased sense of self-advocacy as a predictor of student success.


The College Prep/College & Careers class(s) is described as a plan to get all students thinking about their future and how to get the most out of high school so they are ready to pursue their adult lives: choices for college and career readiness in the areas of course selection, goal setting, career planning and postsecondary educational options, including financial aid, assist students with a plan to graduate from high school.


Purpose of the Course:

The College Prep/College & Careers course curriculum has been designed to teach students to become aware of and involved actively in their future transition from high school to postsecondary education.  Students learn that they can obtain a higher education after high school, if they choose, through research of varying postsecondary institutions and scholarships.  They learn to build an impressive portfolio that they take with them after high school graduation.  They learn to communicate with scholarship committees and postsecondary institution’s admissions and financial aid personnel.


Graduation Rates Dropping Among Native American Students

Latino and black students are gaining ground, but American Indians are slipping, a new report shows.

By Kelsey Sheehy | Contributor June 6, 2013, at 7:00 a.m.

Major gains among black and Latino students pushed the nation's high school graduation rates to near record levels. Native American students, however, are not enjoying the same boom.

Instead, graduation rates for Native American students are sliding backwards, according to "Diplomas Count 2013," an annual report released today by Education Week.

Roughly 51 percent of Native American students in the class of 2010 earned a high school diploma. That's down from 54 percent in 2008, when graduation rates for the group reached its peak.

"What we're dealing with here is a tremendous issue," says RiShawn Biddle, director of communications for the National Indian Education Association. "Native education is in crisis."



Cultural Component:

The students will prepare and deliver a personal presentation that is a celebration of their identity.  The presentation will be through PowerPoint and will be projected on the SmartBoard and/or Blackboard.  The students will then orally present the slides that depict their identity to the others in the class.  They can also show physical items to help them celebrate their identity, i.e. regalia, pottery, jewelry, etc. and explain why this is an identifier for them.  There is an outline provided for the students to follow while preparing their personal presentation.

During the presentation the other students will receive an audience grade based upon their clarification or interest questions.  The audience grade also consists of proper behavior: 1) Listening to the speaker; shows cultural respect 2) Attention on the speaker only; shows cultural respect 3) Speaking out only to ask a question of the speaker; shows interest and respect. 4) Taking notes to use for critiquing the speaker, and learning how to use constructive criticism for college preparation.

This cultural exercise promotes self-awareness and increases self-esteem while reinforcing tribal identity and learning new skills.


Common Core State Standard (CCSS) and the OK Priority Academic Student Skills (OK PASS):

This course is designed to follow the CCSS and OK Pass for high school English standards, grades 9-12. Coursework will include reading for information, key ideas and details, and structure.  To be college and career ready writers, students must take task, purpose, and audience into careful consideration, choosing words, information, structures, and formats deliberately.  They need to be able to use technology strategically when creating, refining, and collaborating on writing.  To be college and career ready in language, students must have firm control over the conventions of standard English.  At the same time, they must come to appreciate that language is as much a matter of craft as of rules and be able to choose words, syntax, and punctuation to express themselves and achieve particular functions and rhetorical effects.


Instructional Procedures and Materials:

The materials will be presented in examples when possible, but most of the work in class will be actual hands-on.  The students will be on task at all times during class using laptop computers as much as possible to complete coursework as assigned. Procedures will include individual work, lecture, class discussion and writing skills relating to personal essays, resumes, field trips related to careers, and scheduled visits of various postsecondary institutions.  The teacher is available to each student on a one on one basis for individualized assignments.  Writing and reading will be taught in the context of language arts.


Evaluation of Student Achievement or Proficiencies:

90-100=A; 89-80=B; 79-70=C; 69-60=D; 59-0=F. The student’s transcripts will be used to verify qualifications for scholarship requirements and college admission. 


Classroom Rules & Behavior:

The classroom rules are consistent with the current Student Handbook.

  • Attendance is required
  • Be prepared: Be seated and ready to work when the bell rings; Bring needed supplies to class each day (especially laptop and charger); Familiarity with the Student Handbook and Laptop Computers are required daily.  The Acceptable Internet Use Policy is in effect each day. Access is a privilege, not a right.  The College Prep/College & Careers coursework is dependent upon the use of our computer network system; therefore, laptops have to be charged and ready to use.
  • Students may not leave the classroom, unless given permission from the teacher. This will be very limited because to be ready for a post secondary education or career you must learn to take care of personal business between classes and before work (bathroom, drink, turning in homework to another teacher, etc.).
  • Do not leave your seat and prepare to leave class until the dismissal bell has sounded. 
  • Common courtesy and respect will be extended to everyone. When the teacher is speaking, a class guest speaker is present, or a fellow student is presenting, it is imperative that all students are focused on the speaker. Students should not need reminders to have cell phones and laptops put away.
  • Students will not use personal cell phones during class time.  If you have stored information that is needed for an application then you will ask the teacher if you can retrieve it from your phone. The teacher will observe the retrieval and then your phone will be put away.
  • Listening to music is not allowed during class time, phones, iPods, and any other device used for music will be put away. Headphones will be out of sight, not in or on ears or around neck. This rule may seem harsh, but you are not allowed any of these items while attending college classes or taking the ACT.
  • ASK FOR HELP to remain on task.


Examples of OFF TASK Classroom Behavior & Inappropriate Behavior:

  • Using the computer to play games, use social media, etc. during class time
  • Using E-mail for purposes other than communication related to assignments
  • Texting on cell phone during class time
  • Profanity, lewd remarks, improper pictures, etc. will not be tolerated (On electronic devices or in person in the classroom.)
  • Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, playing games, searching iTunes, or watching movies, etc. during class time is not time well spent since these are not classroom activities


OFF TASK Consequence:

  • An Incident Report (IR) will be written



Homework may be required to meet deadlines.


Timetable for Completion of Activities and Assignments:

Students will complete deadlines specified by the teacher, post secondary institutions, and scholarship committees.  Learning to be accountable for student responsibilities is a necessary skill for all high school students to be able to succeed after graduation.  Students will adhere to the assignment guidelines.

NOTE: College Prep/College & Career classes will follow this college rule—Late assignments will not be accepted.  You must learn now to meet assignment deadlines in order to succeed educationally after high school.