Tuesday, August 25th

Good morning everyone! Back up Plan today!!!!! 🙂 Business Communication is in red. Financial Literacy is in blue (scroll down).

2nd Block – Business Communications – Here is your work for today.

Check out this website that gives you information on interpersonal skills – especially in the work place. Remember that interpersonal skills are sometimes called employability skills or soft skills. We talked about these at length in Business Level 1 and Business Level 2 – You should be VERY familiar with these skills. Assignment #1: Take notes from this website as you will need to recall some of these skills moving forward in class. We will discuss these notes on Thursday. Be ready to give examples of how you see these skills used in the workplace/school.


Assignment #2: How do you start a conversation with someone you don’t know? Write down 5 conversation starters and be ready to share those on Thursday.

Assignment #3: Below is a file that is titled Interpersonal Skills. On the directions is a website that you should use. Read the article from the website and answer all 12 questions. Use your own words and answer in complete sentences. You should create a Word Document – type the questions AND the answers. Submit the word document to me via email at sherri.johnson@cobbk12.org

Interpersonal Skills

This assignment is in CTLS, but I don’t know about being able to access that site right now, so at least this way, you have the assignment and can complete and submit. This assignment is due by Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.




Virtual Learning – Fall, 2020

This Main Page is for ALL Students!

Harrison High School Virtual Learning Plan

Business Communications, Financial Literacy and WBL:   I will be using multiple platforms for our Virtual Teaching/Learning for this semester. Here are links to the main platforms that you will need to be able to access:

CTLS Student Log-In

Office 365 Log in

Schoology Log in          (This is for WBL students only)

It is very important that the students know their Office 365 log in for the school year.

Work Based Learning Syllabus

Business Communications Syllabus

Financial Literacy Syllabus




May 4th – May 8th

Business and Technology

Level I

Sunday, May 3, 2020 – Hello everyone. Hope you are all well! Just a couple of weeks left of this school year. Finish strong! Following up on our franchising information from last week, I would like for you to research a potential franchise for purchase this week. Please read the entire handout as it has full directions for your assignment this week. I am giving you several websites to use for reference. You should also reference back to the websites provided last week for use in the paper you will be required to write this week. Notice on your assignment that below the directions is a rubric that I will use for grading. As stated before, I will only enter grades if they positively impact your current grade. So, do a great job on the assignment and let’s watch those grades continue to rise! As always, let me know if you have any questions about this assignment. It is lengthy – final project will be 2 1/2 to 3 pages long.

Franchising with Rubric

April 27th – May 1st – Week #6 of Digital Learning

Business Level I

Monday, April 27, 2020

Hello Level I students. Your assignments last week looked good. It seems like most of you have a good basic knowledge of business ownership. Keep in mind that those of you moving on to Level II next year will get a good review of those ownership concepts. Let’s move on to franchising!!!!! I am sure that you are already familiar with MANY franchises – McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Marriott Hotels, H&R Block to name a few. These are considered business format franchises. There are also product distribution franchises that simply sell the franchiser’s products. Some well known product distribution franchises are Pepsi and Ford Motor Company. There are a lot of pros and cons to owning a franchise. But, if you are interested in entrepreneurship and have some capital to invest, franchising is a great way to “own” your own business.

Franchising is defined by state and federal laws as a business relationship between two parties that gives: 1. a person or group of people (the franchisee) the right to sell a product or service using a trademark or trade name of another business (the franchiser) 2. The franchisee the right to market a product or service using the operating methods of the franchiser and 3. The franchisee the obligation to pay the franchiser fees for these rights.

So basically, you can contact Subway corporate offices, let them know you want to buy a Subway location. You pay them a franchise fee, they provide you with training and the “ok” to use their name, their product distributors, their marketing ideas. When you make a profit, you OWE them some of the money (called a royalty fee).  But basically you are your own boss and you can make money. Now, it is MUCH MORE COMPLICATED than this, but at the heart of franchising, this is basically what happens. 🙂

Assignment #1:  Handout link below. I am providing you with a couple of articles I would like for you to read. Drawing from the information in the articles, you will answer some questions on the pros and cons of owning a franchise.

The assignment has three parts – They are all based on the articles that are on the worksheet. Please do not try and complete the three parts until you have read both articles. You may also research the internet for additional information to help you with the three parts of this assignment.

Franchising – Level I

Also, I am providing a copy of a VENN diagram below. You should use this as a guide to create your own VENN diagram for Part three of your assignment above. You will use the diagram to note how franchising and business opportunity ownership are the same (middle section of diagram) and how they are different (outer sections of diagram). I’m sure that you have used a VENN diagram before, and should have no problem completing the assignment.

Venn Diagram – Franchise

SO, you will send me two documents this week: The first document will contain parts one and two of the handout. The second document will be a VENN diagram which will be created by you and completed with information on franchising and business opportunities.

Assignments are due by Friday, May 1st at 3:30 – Let me know if you have questions. Stay safe!



April 20 – April 24 – Week #5 of Digital Learning

Sunday, April 19 

Hey everybody. Hope you are all doing well. Nice job on your tables last week. I appreciate the fact that you used some formatting techniques and used things like: Merging cells, font face, font color, styles and margins to not only be creative, but make your table fit on the page appropriately. I also appreciate the fact that you remembered your tables lessons and used proper grammar (capitalizations) and appropriate cell size (columns and rows) so that your information fit properly. This week, you will use that table (and PowerPoints on this site) to complete your assignments. The information provided to you last week will help you complete the handouts.

Assignment #1: Ownership Review Handout – A good review for sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations. Be sure to answer questions #16 – #20 with complete sentences that are content rich and grammatically correct.

Ownership Review Handout

Assignment #2: Evaluating Business Ownership – Read each of the scenarios and follow the directions carefully. Use your knowledge of business ownership to decide which form of ownership would be most appropriate and be sure to support your answers.

Evaluating Business Ownership

April 13 – April 17 – Digital Learning Week #4

Introduction to Business and Technology – Spring 2020!

Wednesday, April 15 

Hello everyone. It was awesome to see you all and talk with you this morning. I hope that I covered all the information you needed regarding grades and your options for the remainder of the school year. As promised, here is the remaining PowerPoint that you will use to complete your ownership table. When the table is complete, please send to me as an attachment in an email. Please submit to me no later than Friday, April 17th at 3:30 p.m. – Keep a copy for yourself. You will use this table to complete assignments for next week. If you have done a good job on the table, you should be able to use it for all assignments next week. If not, you will need to refer back to the PowerPoints provided to help you.

Corporations – LLC – Non-Profits

Sunday, April 12th

Hello everyone. Happy Spring! I hope that everyone is doing well and staying healthy! I have set up a Zoom meeting for Wednesday, April 15th at 10:00 a.m. – This is a mandatory Zoom meeting so I hope that you will try and attend. I am sending an email to your email/your parent’s email that will provide a link for you to click to join the Zoom meeting. I will answer questions that you have about your grades moving forward and how the remainder of the semester will go. I will also review sole proprietorships and partnerships (general and limited). Please make sure that you complete Monday and Tuesday’s assignments BEFORE the Zoom meeting so that I can answer any questions that you have regarding these two forms of ownership.

This week we will be completing the table that you created last week so that we can begin the important concepts of business ownership. Before you begin completing the table, go ahead and add another column titled TAXES to your table as I will address how each form of ownership has to pay taxes in the PowerPoints attached.

Monday and Tuesday Assignment:

Assignment #1: Use the PowerPoint on Sole Proprietorships (linked below) and complete the Sole Proprietorship ROW of your business ownership table – you will fill in the cells for ownership, start up costs, liability, decision making, advantages and disadvantages and taxes.

Sole Proprietorship – 2020

Assignment #2: Use the PowerPoint on Partnerships and complete the General and Limited Partnership ROWS of your business ownership table – you will fill in the cells for ownership, start up costs, liability, decision making, advantages, disadvantages and taxes.

Partnerships 2020

Wednesday Assignment:

Join the Zoom meeting at 10:00 a.m. – I will review sole proprietorships and partnerships. Also, I will briefly discuss corporations, LLCs and non profits. I will then upload PowerPoints on these three forms of ownership so that you may complete the table and begin to answer some questions and complete some assignments regarding ownership.

March 30th – April 3rd

Introduction to Business and Technology – Spring 2020!

Sunday, March 29th

Hello everyone. I hope that everyone is doing well and staying healthy! You will have two assignments this week. Assignment #1 is primarily research based so that you become familiar with some local businesses. Assignment #2 is in preparation for upcoming information I will be presenting to you. I am setting up a Zoom for us to use beginning the week of April 13th. I will keep you posted and send you an invitation to join by email. If you cannot join at the times of the meeting, I will record the meetings so that you can watch at your convenience. There is some lecture involved with these concepts and I want to be able to interact with you when talking about these forms of business ownership.

Assignment #1:

As we transition from entrepreneurship to business ownership, I would like for you to do some research this week on local businesses and their contributions to society and our economy. There are so many different types of businesses that operate locally – everything from construction to healthcare to manufacturing to transportation. Below is a link to assignment #1 for this week. Instructions are on the page, along with a sample at the bottom of the page. Use a word document, please put a three column header at the top and use my example for completing all 12 categories.

Local Businesses

Assignment #2: As we move in to Business Ownership, I would like for you to create a table just like the one in the link below. Of course, you may use color. Create the table in Microsoft Word. I will be sharing some PowerPoints with you that you will use to fill in the cells of the table. Over the next class week (April 13  -17), I will cover the following forms of business ownership: Sole proprietorships, partnerships (general and limited), corporations (S Corps and C Corps), Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) and Non – Profits. We will discuss start up costs, liability, decision making, pros and cons for each form of ownership. This is A LOT of information and I want you to be able to have a graphic organizer to keep it all organized. For this week, just get the organizer table finished and ready to use.

Ownership Table

Submit both assignments to me by Friday, April 3rd, 3:30 p.m. – Please send me ONE email with both assignments attached. As always, let me know if you have any questions. Take care of yourselves. I miss you……


March 23th – 27th, 2020

Introduction to Business and Technology – Spring 2020!

March 22nd –

Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.

This week, I would like everyone to work on a couple of assignments from gcflearnfree.org so that we can keep our Microsoft Word skills at a high level. Also, you will be doing some research on the SBA (Small Business Administration). Right now, the SBA is in the news because of the ailing small businesses in the United States. The coronavirus is having adverse effects on small businesses and many of them are having to close their doors for lack of customers. This internet activity will give you a good idea about the services that the SBA offers for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Assignment #1: GO to gcflearnfree.org – Click on Technology – Click on Office Word – Go to Lesson #9 – Line and Paragraph Spacing – Watch the tutorial and go through the lesson. At the end of the lesson, click on the Challenge Practice Document and modify the letter to Ms. Ella Jackson. Follow the instructions in the challenge. Save the letter as you will submit to me as an attachment.

Assignment #2: GO to gcflearnfree.org – Click on Technology – Click on Office Word – Go to Lesson #15 – Columns – Watch the tutorial and go through the lesson. At the end of the lesson, click on the Challenge Practice Document and modify the Newsletter for Lime Grove Luxury Apartments. Follow the instructions in the challenge. Save the newsletter as you will submit to me as an attachment.

Assignment #3: Small Business Administration Handout – PLEASE READ THE DIRECTIONS. There is a section at the top of the instructions that you may miss if you do not read carefully. You may type the answers in a Word document and submit to me as an attachment.

SBA – Internet Activity

As always, email me with questions. Send me ONE EMAIL with all three assignments attached to the email. If you have any questions, let me know. All assignments due Friday, March 27th by 3:30 p.m. – Have a great week!


March 16 – March 20

Introduction to Business and Technology – Spring 2020!

Hello everyone. Hope that you are having a good weekend. Following are your assignments for this week. Please complete  both assignments and send them TOGETHER in one email to me by Friday, March 20th.

Instructions: Click on the link and then save the document (maybe to your laptop or your documents on your computer – complete the assignments – then, send me an email and attach the documents to the email)

  1. Complete this entrepreneur graphic organizer. Instructions are on the worksheet: Entrepreneurs Graphic Organizer
  2. Read and review the Entrepreneur PowerPoint and take notes on the Guided Notes Sheet: Entrepreneurship PowerPoint           Entrepreneurship Guided Notes

Stay healthy. Please let me know if you have any questions. Again, you will submit to me the organizer and the notes sheet no later than Friday, March 20th.


March 16 – March 20

Introduction to Business and Technology – Spring 2020

Hello everyone! Be sure and check this blog every other day – I will send a remind to you as I post lesson plans for you. Stay safe. I will try to post first set of lessons by Sunday night, March 15th.

Unit 2:  Microsoft Word Lessons, Teamwork, Leadership, Presentation Skills, Public Speaking. Communication