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What Creates Success within Individuals Reading Enrichment Unit November 7-8 and 12-13 Target group: Eighth

Grade English Language Arts class Time: Four 50 minute class sessions. Students have been listening to the story for a few minutes each day in class so they are able to complete the story in order to do the activities within the unit. Location: Library Reason: The eighth grade students are currently reading the nonfiction novel, The Outliers, in class. This books focuses on success and determination in order to be a more successful and well-rounded individual. This unit was planned to show students how Lawn Boy possesses some of those same characteristics within the story Lawn Boy. Students should be able to analyze the theme of the two stories, and be able to compare and contrast the two to determine how the meanings of both texts reflect back to the same general meaning and idea.

GEORGIA STANDARDS: ELACC8RL1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. ELACC8RL2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text. ELACC8RL5: Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

Day 1 1. The SLMS will review the story with the class after they have completed reading the story tom make sure all students have a good grasp and understanding of the plot of the story.

2. Students will then go to the library to create a Taxedo of the personality traits a person must have to reach the same success as Lawn Boy and the other central figures within the story The Outliers. Students will use an image of a blank head as the symbol of their word cloud. This will represent the individual they see as successful. 3. Students will be asked to go home and create a storyboard for an advertisement they will create for Lawn Boys businesses using Glogster. Students may plan to use any video, text, or audio they feel is important to their advertisement. Day 2 1. Students will create a blog using the website, Smore. They will create a blog explaining what they think it takes for a person to be successful in life. They mist specifically talk about individuals they know and give evidence that supports their theories about those individuals success. Each student much write about at least three people .

Day 3 and Day 4 1.Students will see the SLMS create a Glogster so they will have an understanding of all of the elements of a Glog and how to incorporate any of those elements into their project. 2. Students will be given some time to do research for any images, video, or audio they may need to incorporate into their planned Glog. 3. Students will begin creating their glog after they have collected the resources they want to include in Lawn Boys advertisement for his businesses. The classroom teacher and the SLMS will be available to help with inserting materials into the glog.