The Ron Clark Story is based on the true story of an amazing educator from North Carolina who moved to N.Y. because he heard there was a need for good teachers in Harlem. While there, he did an amazing job turning around difficult students and giving them hope for their futures. Students really enjoy this movie! The movie can even be found on YouTube.
This lesson helps students delve into non-print text to determine characterization. This unit has been crafted so that each component has scaffolding to ensure student success in writing an expository essay beyond the typical five sentence paragraphs. The lesson is broken down by paragraph and thoroughly teaches how to write a thoughtful introduction, specific body paragraphs, and a conclusion that does more than just repeat the points in the essay. Students will use higher order thinking, organizational skills, note-taking, collaboration, and discussion in order to prepare and write the essay. A rubric is included for the expository essay.
A 25 question, multiple-choice viewing quiz is also included in two versions with answer keys to deter any cheaters. Furthermore, there is an optional partner activity to finish up discussion of Ron Clark's character by relating it to round, flat, static, dynamic characters as well as focusing on internal and external conflict and motivation. This final activity also includes two short literary pieces about other teachers for students to compare and contrast to the movie. Finally, it includes an exit ticket that causes students to evaluate themselves.
This unit explains day by day lesson plans that are clear and easy to follow. Finally, if you wish to change the rubric or the quiz, I have included those documents in an editable PowerPoint for your convenience.
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