Becoming Naomi Leon Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Becoming Naomi Leon is about a shy little girl who shows bravery in the midst of a storm. This lesson includes a text lesson, discussion questions, activity and quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being shy
  • analyze the importance of extended family relationships in Becoming Naomi Leon


About 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1

Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.2

Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3

Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).


  • Paper
  • Items to decorate paper (colored pencils, markers, glitter, etc.)


  • Tell students they are going to learn about a brave, young girl named Naomi.
  • Ask students if they have ever done something brave or witnessed a brave act. Allow students to share their responses.
  • Distribute a printed copy of Becoming Naomi Leon: Summary & Quotes to each student.
  • Ask for a volunteer to read the first two paragraphs.
  • As a class, ask students to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being shy.
  • Call on a student to read the third and fourth paragraphs.
  • Pose the following question:
    • How would you feel if you were Naomi and Skyla came to claim you? Allow students to respond.
  • Tell students sometimes inferences provide a more colorful way of explaining a phrase, situation or story. The formal definition of an interference is to reach a conclusion based on a given set of facts.
    • Ask students why Naomi referred to her stance of staying with Gram and Owen as a vinegar-shined window?
  • Ask a student to volunteer to read the Journey to Freedom section.
  • Require students to pair with their shoulder partner and answer the following questions
    • What nationality can we assign to Naomi; why?
    • What is the purpose of finding her dad?
    • Who stands up for you in your family? Allow students to share their responses
  • Ask students to read the last two sections: Finding Her Roots and Discovering the Lion Inside independently.
  • Choose several students who have not spoken to discuss how the last two sections are relevant in their lives.
  • Afterwards, distribute the following lesson quiz to confirm their understanding of the storyline.


  • Ask students the meaning of Naomi's last name.
  • Using technology, allow students to research the meaning of their first, middle or last name.
  • Distribute a piece of 8 ½ x 11 paper to each student and require them to write their name and the meaning and decorate as desired.
  • Share the names in the classroom.


  • Tell students although the storyline does not mention where Naomi, Grams and Owen live, they live in California.
  • Tell students they are going to map Naomi and her family's travel from California to Mexico.
  • Distribute a map that includes the state and country.
  • Require students to identify major cities the family may have traveled to reach Mexico.
  • Allow students to decorate their map and share their travel destination to Mexico and artwork.

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