The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Lesson Plans: 14 Week UNIT For Grades 9-12

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Unit and Lesson Plans: 
14 Week ELA Unit or
Life Skills Curriculum For Grades 9-12


Secondary English Teachers: If you're looking for character education resources, personal development curriculum for teens, or simply an inspirational ELA unit for your high school students, you're in the right place. This best-selling 14 week unit includes more than 300 pages of meticulously designed empowering resources that will prove valuable to you and your students. 

✔ 300 pages of engaging resources

✔ Link to 100 page Google Doc with student resources

✔ 70 daily lesson plans for 70-90 minute class periods

✔ adaptable to online learning

✔ created by veteran ELA and SPED teacher

✔ ideal for grades 9-12

✔ engages at-risk youth and reluctant learners

Imagine a classroom where students are not only learning but thriving—emotionally, intellectually, and socially. This meticulously crafted 14-week unit plan, enriched with 70 daily lesson plans, is your key to unlocking this potential. Tailored to grades 9-12 and aligned with ELA Common Core Standards, this curriculum is more than a teaching tool—it's a catalyst for real change.

  • Comprehensive Content: Over 300 pages of rich, interactive material, including pre and post assessments, engaging video resources, and reflective essay prompts.

  • Time-Saving: Save over 150 hours of planning! There's no reason to spend your evenings and weekends lesson-planning when the work is already done for you.  

  • Diverse Application: Perfect for secondary Language Arts and Life Skills courses, adaptable to various educational settings and student demographics.

  • Continuous Updates: Receive free access to future updates, ensuring your curriculum remains fresh and relevant.

  • Real Impact: Developed from 14 years of experience with at-risk youth, this curriculum is designed not just to educate, but to empower and inspire. Witness your students' transformation as they learn to rewire their brains for happiness and success.

If you're a ChangeMaker and a teacher who cares about your students' hearts, souls, and futures as much as you do their grades, this curriculum is for you. 

If you're tired of spending your weekends and weeknights writing lesson plans, you'll be in heaven for the next three months. I've included detailed daily lesson plans aligned with ELA Common Core Standards for grades 9-12. Imagine: Zero planning for the next 3 1/2 months! 

Regardless of the demographic you're teaching, your students will love this unit, too!


After working with at-risk youth for 14 years, I recognized sadness, lack of vision, and lack of purpose as an absolute epidemic. I wanted to inspire, empower, and educate my kids, and these resources were created to give them the tools they needed to create new realities and brighter opportunities. Most kids don't realize--because most adults don't realize--that despite their pasts or present circumstances, they can literally rewire their brains and reshape their paradigms for happiness and success, whatever that looks like to them.

This bundle will save you more than 150 hours of planning and provide you with at least 14 weeks of material for a 70-90 minute class period. 

This unit has been a labor of love in the making for several years as I have edited, revised, and designed it to be a resource I am proud to share with you. I've done all the reading, writing, and research for you and have watched countless videos to find the gems that perfectly align with each chapter of Sean Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

In addition to serving as a non-fiction anchor text for Language Arts, this unit can also be used with any Life Skills curriculum for Career & Tech Ed classes focused on teaching social-emotional skills in society and the workplace.

I continuously refine this bundle, and you will have free access to future files.


* URL link to 100 page Google Doc with student resources 

* Comprehension and reflection questions for each chapter of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

* 70 DAILY LESSON PLANS with ELA CCSS grades 9-12 

* VIDEO LIST (Ted Talks, etc): 33 suggested short videos (including links and summaries) to complement each chapter in Covey’s book. I typically front-load each chapter with a video and then show them intermittently as they are reading through each section. The videos help with comprehension by reinforcing the concepts within the book, and they help to keep students interested and engaged with the text.

* Pre and post-assessment on core concepts addressed in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

* 7 Habits anticipation guide/activity

* 60 DOL paragraphs ("daily oral language": grammar and punctuation exercises) that align with Covey's 7 Habits (includes highlighted teacher key)

* Handout: "What the Heck is a Clause?" includes definitions & color-coded examples of ICs and DCs

* Reflective essay prompt

* 9 paragraph exemplar reflective essay

* Reflective essay rubric

* Two essay skeleton guides to support emerging writers who may struggle with structure and coherence. The first guide provides minimal support, while the second is ideal for those in need of more explicit writing examples

* Multiple mini-lessons to reinforce the principles addressed in The 7 Habits 

Supplemental Unit: Argumentative Essay Unit Based on the Docudrama Film:
The Secret

~ Daily lesson plans 
~ Film summary
~ Film comprehension questions
~ Argumentative essay structure guide
~ Exemplar argumentative essay
~ Argumentative essay rubric

* Presentation assignment and rubric

1. * TWENTY paragraph prompts (two for each topic) related to:
Positive Thinking
Goal-Oriented Mindset

*Each prompt includes a short color-coded structure guide for reference and suggestions to help struggling writers with content and organization (can be edited out for experienced writers).

*Highlighted advanced vocabulary (can be edited out for experienced readers/writers)

2. An Editor’s Checklist

3. 4-Point Paragraph Rubric

4. One Exemplar Paragraph

5. Related Common Core Standards for Grades 7,8, 9/10, 11/12

I've used Sean Covey's The 7 Habits in my classroom for years, and my high school students - from every demographic and grade - absolutely love it.
Covey's wisdom can have a profound impact on students if they take the time to genuinely reflect on his teachings. This companion curriculum is designed to foster thoughtful introspection, critical thinking, and authentic social-emotional growth.

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