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Outliers: The Story of Success – Grades 8 – 12 – Winter 2021 – 10 Weeks

Tuesday, January 12 2021 @ 11:00AM - Tuesday, March 23 2021 @ 12:00PM EST

| $250.00


Tuesday, January 12 2021 @ 11:00AM EST
Tuesday, March 23 2021 @ 12:00PM EST
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11:00AM - 12:30PM (ET)
Eva Goldstein-Meola
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Opportunity. Timing. Upbringing.  Effort.  Meaningful work.  Legacy.

These six elements are rather powerful.

Do the successful have to work the hardest or do they have the best luck?

In the award-winning book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcom Gladwell examines scientific data and evidence from well-known success stories to answer the question of what makes a person successful. Through this stunning book, we will take an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful and question ourselves about what makes high-achievers different?

This is a high school ½ credit English semester. Students will participate in pre-reading, analyzing and post-reading discussions. Students will write essays as well as have some quizzes and a mid-term and final.

Prerequisite:  Students MUST know how to write a 5-paragraph expository essay for their final exam.  We will not be going over HOW to write an essay in this class.  Previous experience is expected.


There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.

Recent Reviews:

Thought Provoking and Insightful Class!

Rated 5 out of 5
April 15, 2021

My 15 year old boy enjoyed this class a ton! I enjoyed the book as well as I had never read it before. When asked what he liked best about the course, he said that he especially liked the conversations, topics and writing prompts. I noticed that he had some “A-ha” moments throughout the course that were impactful and positive. The coursework was at times challenging, but well worth it for what he got out of the class. I would highly recommend this class for all students and cant wait for my younger boy to take it in the future!


Loved this class

Rated 5 out of 5
March 16, 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed this class, it shone a light on incredibly fascinating and unknown background stories about “successful people”. It was truly enlightening and a joy to be apart of the discussions, debates, and out-of-the-box thinking this book drew from me and the class. The people were very sweet and intelligent and I enjoyed participating with them.

Emily McCormick

Great class!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 23, 2021

Great class and love the book for teens. Had the perfect amount of assignments. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the class and teacher!!

Therese Igot

Great class

Rated 5 out of 5
February 23, 2021

This has been a great place to exercise critical thinking skills. It also encouraged writing but with a purpose – the purpose being to express opinions and defend them with personal experiences and facts from the reading. It was a good class choice for my son who struggles with thinking outside the box and wanting to always give the answer that he believes pleases the educator.

Cynthia Holt

Honor Code was my daughter's favorite essay.

Rated 5 out of 5
February 23, 2021

The Outliers Class is an important class. It gives an opportunity for students to have discussions around specific themes within the Outliers book and then write about their perspectives. The development of students’ literary critical analysis muscle is crucial when preparing them for college. This Outliers class meets that objective.

Ann Fields

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