Research What Makes a Celebrity: How to Predict Success

Aligned to standards RI.11–12.2: Determine two or more central ideas, RI.11–12.3: Analyze complex ideas and events, W.11–12.2: Write explanatory texts, RI.11–12.1: Cite evidence and uncertainty in the text

Everyone wants to be successful — but what’s the secret to achieving success at the highest levels? What do people like George Clooney, Taylor Swift, and Steph Curry have that make them so successful?

This mini-project packet is loaded with graphic organizers, links to videos, and rubrics that guide students through the analysis of social psychology to discuss which celebrity, musician, or athlete will be the next Oscar winner, Grammy recipient, or Hall-of-Famer.

The complete project plan is available here for download in Word or PDF format.

Here’s an overview of activities you’ll find in the project plan:

  • Students will learn about the social psychology around what makes a person successful.
  • By reading excerpts from best selling texts like How Students Succeed, Mindset, and Outliers, students will learn the characteristics of success.
  • Students research a current celebrity, musician, or athlete who embodies those traits and behaviors.
  • Students project their own success by writing and performing an acceptance speech for an honor they hope to receive later in life.
  • 2 Videos —an interview and TED talk—to inspire discussion about success.
  • 3 Excerpts from best-selling social psychology texts
  • Celebrity profiles, which include accomplishments and behaviors, and can be used to examine the characteristics of success.
  • A writing prompt and student checklist
  • Rubrics for presentations and speeches
The complete project plan is available here for download in Word or PDF format.