Distance Learning, Teach in Class, or Sub Plans: Overcoming Hardships


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★★★★★ I just re-created these #1 best-selling substitute plans with a choice to use as a “Google Drive Distance Learning” resource for home learning! 

So, this resource now includes step-by-step SUB PLANS DIRECTIONS; or if you’d rather teach it yourself, follow the “Teach in Class” directions, or use the “Online Version!”  ALL 3 EDITABLE FORMATS FOR TEACHING ARE INCLUDED!


★ This resource is my #1 Best-Selling Substitute Lesson” in my TeachersPayTeachers store! I am so excited to now be able to sell this same resource here on my own website, but if you prefer to see reviews and/or purchase it on TPT click HERE.


-This lesson relates to all teenagers. It involves an inspiring look into the childhoods of 15+ celebrities. So if you teach or work with teens, this activity is for you.

-Students will be inspired to overcome their own hardships as they read these stories and share with peers.

-Celebrities range from actor Jim Carrey-whose family spent time living in a van, to football ball player Shaquem Griffin-who had his hand amputated at age 4 but didn’t let that stop him from becoming a pro NFL football player, to singer Selena Gomez who was born to a 16-year old mom and struggled with her incredible success as a very young artist. All of the celebrities found various, motivating ways to find success.

2/2021 Update:  I just added two new celebrities!  Amanda Gorman-Youth Poet Laureate, and Greta Thunberg, 18-year old Climate Activist.


-This resource includes step-by-step Google Slide directions with several fill-in worksheets, and the “Celebrity Articles” on a PDF Google Doc. Perfect for distance learning during school closures.

-This resource is perfect for promoting social and emotional learning (SEL).


-Here is what buyers have to say about this resource in my TeachersPayTeachers Store:

-“A lifesaver!” “Awesome!” “Engaging.”

-“It is so nice to know that they will be accomplishing something meaningful when I am out.”

-“This gives a contemporary new twist which will be interesting to my students.”

-“This was a great lesson to have my substitute teach. The sub said the students were engaged the whole time and all completed the assignment.”

-“This is awesome and has saved me a ton of time which is precious to a teacher.”


-CREATED BY A TEACHER – This activity is tried and tested. I’ve taught it for years with my 9th graders and it’s always been a favorite.


-NEW, TRENDING CELEBS! ALL FUTURE UPDATES ARE INCLUDED! All new celebrities, activities, and any changes that I create for this unit are FREE!!


This resource meets standards:

  • Meets Common Core Standards for Technical Subjects Reading 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8.
  • It also meets 5 of the 8 National Health Standards, and 5 State Standards.



1. Students do the activity by reading the articles and marking the worksheet while they read. For the in class version they will share in small groups.

2. The whole activity is now on Google Docs. It includes a 35-page PDF of all articles and fill-in Google Slides worksheets and step-by-step directions.

3. Includes 60 pages of step-by-step “Full Teacher Directions” if you want to teach in class.

4. Includes 35 pages of celebrity articles.

5. 9 additional celebrity articles in an “Extra Articles Folder” – Still available after these celebs were replaced with newer articles

6. An “Overcoming Hardships Reflection Worksheet” to have students fill out

7. Follow-up “Celebrity Homework” Assignment

8. Learning Target Posters are included, as well as 3 different student target check-off sheets


HERE ARE MORE Fun and Meaningful Activities Included:

-“Overcoming Hardships Personal Survey for Students with Goal”

-Fun “Motivating Quotes” Handout

-“Motivating Quotes” Art Project (student examples included)

Links to 22 inspiring videos-your students will LOVE these!

-Mahatma Gandhi “Character” poster and art project


Be sure to click on the “Preview” to see more


-Copyright © Health Education Today, Inc. All rights reserved by author.

-Each purchase is for single teacher use only, and should not be shared with others.

-The purchaser is granted permission to make duplicates for classroom use only. Redistributing, editing, selling, or posting this item (or any part thereof) on the Internet are all strictly prohibited unless it is a password-protected student website. Violations are subject to penalties of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

-This resource is also included in my Full Semester/Year High School Health Curriculum, and my Middle/Junior High School Health Curriculum, and my Empathy Unit.


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