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Challenge | 30-60 minutes

#SRLShorts: Life After High School



As spring comes into full bloom, GRADUATION is one step closer! Life after high school looks different for every student. We want to hear about what’s next after graduation. Are you taking time off school? Going straight to a four-year or community college? Entering the workforce? Traveling? Taking a gap year?

ASSIGNMENT: Students will create short, vertical videos (10-30 seconds). They can film either themselves or interview fellow peers.

This will be a recurring monthly challenge in which students will submit rapid response type answers to questions. The theme changes monthly for #SRLShorts.


We PRIMARILY are accepting videos in a VERTICAL format for social media. You can include horizontal but please film with enough space around your subject to allow for vertical cropping.

Please do not add text to your videos! :)


Option 1: Share your own perspective

Using yourself on camera, tell your plans for life after high school and the effects it could have on your future.

Option 2: Interview someone else

You can interview fellow teens and ask them to explain how they feel about their plans for after high school.

Central inquiry questions: Choose one or more question(s) to answer per student.

  • What will your life look like after high school?
  • What are your hopes and fears about life after high school?
  • How did you decide what to do after high school?
  • What are some advantages and/or challenges of a “non-traditional” pathway after high school?
  • How will your choices lead to your ideal lifestyle?
  • What opportunities are you excited about after high school?

Potential Questions:

  1. Do you feel like you were offered options other than college for after high school?
  2. Do you think college is “worth it,” in terms of the investment of time and money? If so, why? If not, why not?
  3. What do you think the general reaction is when someone says “I’m not attending college,” and why is that?
  4. If you are planning to attend college, what factors went into your decision?
  5. Do you think there’s pressure on students to decide their future at this point in their life? Why or why not?

Note: Please only send it your top 5 responses per class.

Also, when answering, please include the question in your response. Example: What is your favorite color? My favorite color is blue.


Be sure to complete this form to confirm your participation in Student Reporting Labs.


This assignment does not have an active deadline to submit to PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. However, students are encouraged to publish their stories on their school/club/program website or through video/social platforms such as YouTube, Instagram or Twitter and tag Student Reporting Labs. Check with your teacher to find out instructions for class submissions.






Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information.

Source: American Press institute


A group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood). It can also be a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.

Source: Merriam Webster


People are attracted to information that helps them make good decisions. If you like music, you find musician interviews relevant. If you’re looking for a job, the business news is relevant. We need to depend on relevant information that helps us make decisions.

Earth and Human Activity

Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity. (NGSS HS-ESS3-1)


Historical understanding requires recognizing this multiplicity of points of view in the past, which makes it important to seek out a range of sources on any historical question rather than simply use those that are easiest to find. It also requires recognizing that perspectives change over time, so that historical understanding requires developing a sense of empathy with people in the past whose perspectives might be very different from those of today. (NCSS D2.His.4.9-12 - D2.His.8.9-12)

Speaking and Listening - Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas



Social Media

Active Prompts






Camera or Mobile Phone

Mobile Phone

Estimated Time

30-60 minutes