Talking and Playing for Growth

(SEL: Friendship; Caring for Animals; Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Respect; Caring) [5 – 8]


(Health; SEL: Parenting; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [12+]

Bach’s Fight for Freedom

(Biography; Music/Classical; World/Germany; SEL: Talent; Friendship; Father/Son; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [6 – 12]

Ballad of a Soldier

(World/WWII & Russia; SEL: Courage in War; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [10+]

Barbary Coast

(U.S./The Frontier and the West & California; SEL: Male Role Model; Justice; Bad Associations) [12+]


(Sports; U.S. History & Culture; SEL: Sportsmanship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Fairness)[10+]

Beau Geste

(World/France; SEL: Leadership; Families in Crisis; Brothers; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [12+]

Beautiful Dreamers

The Best of TWM

(Biography/Whitman; Literature/U.S.; World/Canada; Medicine; SEL: Male Role Model; Mental Illness; Breaking Out; Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [12+; useful for getting students to read and appreciate the poetry of Walt Whitman]

Beethoven Lives Upstairs

(Biography; Music/Classical; World/Austria; SEL: Grieving; Disabilities; Friendship; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [9 – 12]

Behind the Sun

The Best of TWM

(World/ Brazil & Albania; ELA; SEL: Revenge; Breaking Out; Brothers; Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Responsibility) [12+; Literary devices analyzed: symbols, subplot, flashback, foreshadowing, and irony]

Ben and Me

Short Subject

(Biography/Franklin; U. S./1750 – 1812 & Pennsylvania; Science-Technology; SEL: Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [8 & 9; 27 minutes]

Ben and Me

Talking and Playing for Growth

Short Subject (SEL: Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [5 – 8; 27 minutes]

Bend It Like Beckham

(Sports/Soccer (Football); World/England; SEL: Breaking Out; Parenting; Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; Caring) [13+]

A Better Life

(U.S. 1991 – Current; Hispanic & California; SEL: Father/Son; Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [13+]

Beyond Rangoon

(World/Myanmar; SEL: Human Rights; Grieving; Rebellion; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [14+]


Hero’s Journey Lesson Plan

(Literature/Hero’s Journey) [12+]

Billy Budd

(Literature/U.S. & Literary Devices: theme, characterization & irony; World/Britain; Seafaring; SEL: Justice; Leadership; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Fairness) [14+]

Billy Elliot

The Best of TWM

(Dance; World/England; SEL: Breaking Out; Families in Crisis; Father/Son; Courage; Grieving; Friendship; Parenting; Grandparents; GBLTQ; Education; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Responsibility; Respect; Trustworthiness) [12+]

The Birth of the Constitution

Short Subject

From the series “This is America Charlie Brown” (U.S./Creating the Nation; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Citizenship) [9 – 12; 24 minutes]

Bizet’s Dream

(Biography; Music/Opera; World/France; SEL: Father/Daughter; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [9 – 12]


(the Environment; SEL: Caring for Animals; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [13+]

Black Holes

Snippet Lesson Plan

Using a film clip from Star Trek (Science & Technology/Astronomy) [13+: Middle and High School Levels; Snippet: 9.5 minutes]

The Black Stallion

(Sports/Horse Racing; SEL: Caring for Animals; Surviving; Grieving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [8+]


(U.S. History & Culture: 1991 to Present; The African/American Experience and the Civil Rights Movement; SEL: Human Rights; Justice; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect? [13+; 2 hours 12 minutes]

The Bolero

Short Subject

(Music (classical); SEL: Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: None) [9+; 26 minutes]

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

(World/WWII & Germany; ELA; SEL: Human Rights; Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility; Caring) [13+; Literary Devices Analyzed: irony]


(U.S./1913 – 1929 & Nebraska; Religions/Christianity; SEL: Male Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Citizenship) [10+]

The Book Thief

The Best of TWM

(World/Germany, WW-II, ELA (theme, personification, symbol, & irony); SEL: Families in Crisis; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility, Caring) [13+; 121 minutes]

Born Free

(World/Africa; the Environment; SEL: Caring for Animals; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring) [10+]

Bridge to Terabithia

(Literature/U.S.; U.S./1945 – 1991 & Virginia; SEL: Friendship; Grieving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [10-13]

Breaking Away

(Sports/Bicycle Racing; U.S./1945 – 1991 & Indiana; SEL: Coming of Age; Parenting; Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [12+]

Brian’s Song

(Sports/Football; U.S./1945 – 1991 & Diversity; SEL: Friendship, Grieving, Sportsmanship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring) [10+]

The Buddy Holly Story

(Biography; Music/Popular; U.S./1945 – 1991; SEL: Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: General) [12+]

A Bugs Life

Talking and Playing for Growth

(SEL: Courage; Friendship; Teamwork; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Caring) [5 – 8]

The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad

Short Subject 

From the series “This is America Charlie Brown” (U.S./1865 – 1913) [8 – 11; 24 minutes]

The suggested age range appears in brackets at the end of each entry. Topics relating to Social and Emotional Learning

appear after the term “SEL”. “Moral-Ethical Emphasis” is a reference to Character Counts’ Six Pillars of Character.


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