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Creating a Small Business Plan

Innovation in Teaching Competition: Lindsay Bowley from Creekland Middle School

Grade Level

Content Area/Instructional Strategy


In this English Language Arts (ELA) unit plan, students work in groups to create a small business idea. Throughout the unit, students develop a small business idea, interview small business owners in the community, strengthen their business plan based on ideas they gleaned from their interviews, and finally, pitch their ideas - using persuasive language and advertisements - to business owners in their community.

Standards Addressed

English Language Arts:
ELA.8.L.1, ELA.8.L.3 (a), ELA.8.SL.4, ELA.8.SL.5, ELA.8.SL.6, ELA.8.SL.1, ELA.8.SL.2, ELA.8.SL.3, ELA.8.W.7, ELA.8.W.1

About the Teacher

Lindsay Bowley
Creekland Middle School
Cherokee County Schools

Lindsay Bowley is currently an Academic Facilitator at Teasley Middle School in Cherokee County, Georgia. When she entered this profession, she wanted to make a difference in students’ lives. In her new role as Academic Facilitator, she keeps reminders of the impact she had on her students. One of those reminders is a note posted right next to her computer that says, “To Ms. Bowley. Love you. No one has ever tried to see who I was. They only saw my cover.” Her best piece of teaching advice is to stay out of the proverbial "teacher's lounge,” and don't participate in griping or complaining. She was the 2013-2014 Cherokee County Teacher of the Year. Ms. Bowley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Grades Education from Kennesaw State University. She has a Masters of Arts in Middle Grades Language Arts from Piedmont College.