The Goal is Lean

    In the beginning of my junior English year I began reading a novel called The Goal. This novel is about management and was written by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. The goal is about a plant manager, Alex Rogo, who is having problems with his manufacturing plant. His boss tells him he has three months to turn the manufacturing plant around and show improvement or it will be shut down. Alex does not know where to begin, so he asks Jonah, a physicist/ consultant, for help. Jonah uses the Socratic method- teaching by guided questioning- to help Alex figure out the problem. Using this method provided Alex, and his team, with the answers to create a process, with the knowledge they have acquired, to keep the plant up and running. In the end, everyone benefits from the tedious job of gathering, sorting, and explaining data. The manufacturing plant, along with the workers, stayed working and Alex was promoted to Division Manager. With this promotion he was presented with another problem; fixing the whole division.
    While reading this novel, the class discussed each section of reading. Whether it was in a small group or the class as a whole, our teacher made sure we thoroughly understood each reading. Along with the discussions we had vocabulary terms that were within the chapters assigned. We had to base the definition of the terms off of the meaning in the book. The Goal is Lean assignment (PDF file below) wrapped up our work for the unit/book.
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English Skills
·         Know and use a variety of prewriting strategies to generate, focus, and organize ideas (e.g., free writing, clustering/mapping, talking with others, brainstorming, outlining, developing graphic organizers, taking notes, summarizing, paraphrasing).

·         Compose drafts that convey an impression, express an opinion, raise a question, argue a position, explore a topic, tell a story, or serve another purpose, while simultaneously considering the constraints and possibilities (e.g., structure, language, use of conventions of grammar, usage, and mechanics) of the selected form or genre.

·         Demonstrate an understanding of the connections between literary and expository works, themes, and historical and contemporary contexts.

·         Analyze how the tensions among characters, communities, themes, and issues in literature and other texts reflect human experience.

·         Demonstrate an understanding of historical, political, cultural, and philosophical themes and questions raised by literary and expository works.

·         Analyze and evaluate the portrayal of various groups, societies, and cultures in literature and other texts.


    I chose this as my evidence because reading The Goal was the main topic in my english class, and the skills I have aquired, I used in many other small essays or writings.