Lesson Plan Clips
Unit 1 Lesson 2: Why Do Our Stories Matter
“What was the saddest moment of your life?”
Ezra Awumey to his grandfather, Sam Harmon
“I remember that night when you called me and said…I need help.”
Gloria Flores talks to classmate Joseline Mejicanos about her struggle to become a straight A student.
Unit 1 Lesson 3: Recording Day. Self-Introduction
Pallak Malhotra, a student at High School for the Arts in Business in New York City, talks about her hopes for the future and what makes her proud.
Corvan Dixon, a student at Gateway Institute of Technology in St.Louis, talks about his best and worst memories, and how he wants to be remembered.
Unit 1 Lesson 4: Introduction to the Common Application for Undergraduate Admissions
“I wasn’t like other kids”
Noe Rueda talks to his high school economics teacher, Alex Fernandez, about launching his first
Unit 1 Lesson 5: The Power of Places We Remember
“I really miss so much about New Orleans”
Antoinette Franklin and her niece, Iriel Franklin, talk about relocating to Houston after Hurricane Katrina.
Unit 1 Lesson 6: The Power of People from Our Past
Cousins Cherie Shanks Johnson (CSJ) and James Ransom (JGR) remember their neighbor and Sunday school teacher, Miss Lizzie Devine.
Unit 1 Lesson 7: The Power of Past Events
“I remember feeling helpless”
Nicholas Peart talks about being stopped and frisked in New York City.
Unit 1 Lesson 8: Effective Interview Questions
Joshua Littman, a twelve-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome, interviews his mother, Sarah.
Unit 1 Lesson 9: What Makes an Important Story?
“I was told by the doctor that I was almost paralyzed.”
Jonathan Villafane, a student at the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice in Brooklyn, NY, remembers his experience being bullied in middle school, and talks about what his life is like now.
Unit 2 Lesson 1: What’s In a Name?
“By the time I was in the second grade, everyone was calling me Raymond.”
Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez remembers how teachers changed the names of Mexican-American students during the 1950s.
Unit 2 Lesson 3: What Is a Personal Asset?
“As he’s walking away, I’m like, “Hey, you forgot something…”
Julio Diaz remembers being robbed on a subway platform in the Bronx.
Unit 2 Lesson 5: You Hear Me, But Are You Listening?
“As if high school is not hard enough…”
Tierra Jackson talks to her former dean, John Horan, about her experiences struggling through the Chicago school system as a teenager.
Unit 2 Lesson 6: Other People and Our Identities
“And then it dawned on me-that’s not family, those aren’t friends.”
Omar Leech tells his friend Lenear Pryor about life as a gang member.
Unit 2 Lesson 7: Peer Interviews
“Have me and mom ever extremely disappointed you?”
Minister Beau Harris talks to his daughter Kioni “Popcorn” Marshall about the changes their family has seen over the years.
Unit 2 Lesson 8: Unpacking Your Story
“We were dirty, sweaty, sore muscles, crying. We must have been a sight to see.”
Monica Mayer speaks to her friend Spencer Wilkinson, Jr. about how her father took her and her sisters out to work in his old homestead one day in order to teach them a very important lesson about their education.
Unit 3 Lesson 1: Going to College and Achieving Career Success
“Icing on the Cake”
Blanca Alvarez tells her daughter Connie about illegally crossing the border from Mexico to the United States.
Unit 3 Lesson 2: Grit and the Growth Mindset
“I was kind of getting scared. What if my potential is not as high as theirs?”
Daisha Cooper talks about participating in her first beauty pageant and the lessons she learned along the way.
Unit 3: Lesson 3: Future Possible Selves
“Eyes on the Stars”
On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. On board was physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American to enter space. But first, he was a kid with big dreams in Lake City, South Carolina.