CREATE LESSON PLANS IN CHARACTER EDUCATION,

ETHICS, AND MORALITY FROM MOVIES AND FILM

THESE FILMS ARE ORGANIZED BY THE SIX PILLARS OF CHARACTER

Teachwithmovies.org is a Character Counts “Six Pillars Partner”

and uses the Six Pillars of Character to organize ethical principles.

CARING

Be kind; Be compassionate and show you care; Express gratitude; Forgive others; Help people in need.

The Adventures of Milo and Otis

Talking and Playing for Growth

(Trustworthiness; Respect; Caring; SEL: Friendship; Courage) [5 – 8]

All Quiet on the Western Front

(Trustworthiness; Respect; Citizenship; Caring; SEL: Courage in War; Subjects: World/Germany & WWI) [12+ ]

Amadeus

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Humility; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Talent; Subjects: Biography/Mozart; Music/Classical) [12+]

Amistad

(Respect; Caring; Citizenship; SEL: Justice; Courage; Rebellion, Human Rights; Subjects: U.S./1812 – 1860 & Diversity) [14+]

An American Tail

(Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Fairness; SEL: Courage; Subjects: U.S./1865 – 1913; Diversity & New York) [6 – 10]

An American Tail

Talking and Playing for Growth

(Respect; Caring; SEL: Friendship; Subjects: U.S./1865 – 1913; Diversity & New York; Religions/Judaism) [5 – 8]

Angels in the Outfield

(SEL: Families in Crisis; Friendship; Parenting; Female Role Model; Subjects: Sports/Baseball; U.S./1945 – 1991 & California) [9 – 12]

Anne B. Real

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Breaking Out; Coming of Age; Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Courage; Crime; Education; Families in Crisis; Surviving; Talent; Subjects: U.S./1991 – present and New York) [12+]

Argo

(U.S./1945 – 1991 & Iran – The Iran Hostage Crisis; SEL: Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring, Citizenship) [14+]

Au Revoir Les Enfants

(Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Caring; SEL: Coming of Age, Human Rights, Friendship; Subjects: World/France & WWII (Holocaust)) [11+]

Babe

Talking and Playing for Growth

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

Bach’s Fight for Freedom

(Friendship; Father/Son; Talent; Subjects: Biography; Music/Classical; World/Germany) [6 – 12]

Beethoven Lives Upstairs

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Friendship; Grieving; Disability; Talent; Subjects: Music/Classical; World/Austria; Biography/Beethoven) [9 – 12]

Behind the Sun

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

Bend It Like Beckham

(Trustworthiness; Respect; Caring; SEL: Breaking Out; Parenting; Mother/daughter; SportsmanshipBreaking Out; Parenting; Romantic Relationships; Subjects: Sports/Soccer (Football); World/England) [13+]

Beyond Rangoon

(SEL: Human Rights; Grieving; Rebellion; Subjects: World/Myanmar) [14+]

Billy Elliot

(Caring, Responsibility, Respect; Trustworthiness; SEL Breaking Out, Families in Crisis, Father/Son, Courage, Grieving, Friendship, Parenting, Grandparents; GLBTQ, Education; Subjects: Dance; World/England) [12+]

The Black Stallion

(SEL Caring for Animals; Surviving; Grieving; Subjects: Sports/Horse Racing) [8+]

Born Free

(Respect; Caring; SEL: Caring for Animals; Subjects: World/Africa; the Environment) [10+]

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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

Boystown

(Caring; Citizienship; SEL: Male Role Model; Subjects: U.S./1913 – 1929 & Nebraska; Religions/Christianity) [10+]

Brian’s Song

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

Bridge to Terabithia

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

A Bugs Life

Talking and Playing for Growth

(Respect; Responsibility; SEL: Courage; Teamwork; Subjects: Science (Biology)) [5 – 8]

Casablanca

(Responsibility; Caring; Citizenship;; SEL Romantic Relationships; Redemption; Subjects: U.S./1941-1945; World/WWII; France & Morocco; ELA: Extended Metaphor; Allegory; Hero’s Journey) [12+]

Charly

(Caring; Responsibility; SEL: Disabilities; Courage; Subjects: Science Fiction) [10+]

Contact

(Trustworthiness; Caring; SEL: Grieving; Father/Daughter; Subjects: Religions/Judeo-Christian; Science Fiction; Aviation & Space Exploration) [12+]

Charlotte’s Web

Talking and Playing for Growth

(Respect; Caring; SEL: Caring for Animals; Friendship; Grieving; Justice; Subjects: Science — Biology) [5 – 8]

Charlotte’s Web

(Respect; Caring SEL: Caring for Animals; Friendship; Grieving; Justice; Subjects: Science — Biology) [5 – 10]

A Christmas Carol

(SEL: Redemption; Subjects Religions/Christianity; World/England) [8+]

The Crossing

(Trustworthiness, Responsibility & Citizenship; SEL: SEL: Courage in War, Leadership; Subjects: U.S./1750 – 1812, New Jersey & Pennsylvania) [13+]

Cry, the Beloved Country

(Respect; Caring; SEL: Grieving; Crime; Subjects: World/South Africa) [10+]

Dear Frankie

(SEL Disabilities, Mother/Son; Subjects: Health, Literature) [12+]

Degas and the Dancer

(Respect; Responsibility; Caring; SEL — Talent, Ambition, Mother/Daughter, Sisters; Subjects — Visual Arts; World/France; Dance) [8 – 13]

Desert Bloom

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Child Abuse, Running Away, Coming of Age; Families in Crisis; Subjects: U.S./1945 – 1991 & Nevada) [13+]

Edge of America

(Responsibility; Respect; Caring; SEL: Breaking Out; Leadership; Teamwork; Subjects: Sports/Basketball; U.S./1945-1991; Diversity/Native American & African American and New Mexico) [12+]

Edison: The Wizard of Light

(Caring; Citizenship; SEL: Talent, Disabilities; Subjects: Science-Technology; U.S./1865 – 1929; Cinema; Biography) [8 – 13]

Edward Scissorhands

(Respect; Caring; SEL: Peer Pressure; Surviving; Subjects: U.S./1945 – 1991; ELA) [13+; Literary devices analyzed: expository phase, setting, character; development, theme.]

Einstein: Light to the Power of 2

(Trustworthiness; Caring; SEL: Self-esteem; Education; Families in Crisis; Subjects: Biography; Science-Technology; U.S./1945 – 1991 & Diversity) [8 – 13]

Ever After

(Trustworthiness; Caring; Char, Dev.: Romantic Relationships; Self-Esteem; Subjects: World/France and the Renaissance; Myths & Fairy Tales) [10+]

Eleanor Roosevelt

(Caring, Citizenship; SEL: Leadership; Female Role Model; Subjects: Biography; U.S./1865 – 1991; Politics) [10+]

Finding Nemo

Talking and Playing for Growth

(Responsibility, Respect, Caring; SEL: Father/Son; Friendship; Subjects: Science (Marine Biology)) [4 – 8]

Emma

(Respect; Caring; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Subjects: Literature/England; World/England) [12+]

Empire Records

(Caring; Trustworthiness; SEL: Friendship; Subjects: ELA-Writing Exercises — Empire Records is best used as a Reward Film) [14 – 17]

Fail-Safe

(Responsibility, Caring; SEL — Leadership; Subjects — U.S./1945 – 1991; World/Cold War) [14+]

Fiddler on the Roof

(Respect; Caring; SEL: Parenting; Subjects: Drama/Musicals; Religions/Judaism; U.S./Diversity; World/Russia; Dance/Performance) [7+]

Fly Away Home

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Grieving; Parenting; Father/Daughter; Caring for Animals; Teamwork; Subjects: Health (Grieving); ELA: theme, characterization, backstory, allusion, complication; Science(Biology); the Environment; World/Canada) [10+]

Gandhi

(Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; Citizenship; SEL: Rebellion; Peace/Peacemakers; Subjects:Biography; World/India, South Africa, England & 1800s – Cold War Era; U.S./Diversity; Religions;) [10+]

Gigi

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Subjects: Drama/Musicals; World/France) [12+]

Good Will Hunting

(Caring; SEL: Child Abuse; Marriage; Romantic Relationships; Fighting; Friendship; Male Role Model; Talent; Breaking Out; Subjects: Medicine (Psychiatry); U.S./1991 – present & Massachusetts) [14+]

Gorillas in the Mist

(Trustworthiness; Respect; Citizenship; SEL — Caring for Animals; Courage; Human Rights; Romantic Relationships; Subjects — The Environment; Science-Technology; World/Africa) [13+]

Goya: Awakened in a Dream

(Caring; SEL — Father/Son; Friendship; Illness; Human Rights; Talent; Disabilities; Subjects — Visual Arts; World/Spain & the Enlightenment; Biography) [8 – 13]

Gracie’s Choice

(Trustworthiness; Caring; SEL: Alcohol & Drug; Abuse; Families In Crisis; Mother/Daughter; Parenting; Subjects: Health; U.S./1991 – present) [10+]

Grave of the Fireflies

(U.S./1941 – 1991; World/WW-II and Japan; Cinema; SEL: Human Rights; Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [13+]

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

(Respect; Caring; SEL: Revenge, Fighting, Grieving; Subjects: Drama/England) [12+]

Handel’s Last Chance

(Trustworthiness; Caring; SEL: Talent; Subjects: Biography; Music/Classical; World/England & Ireland) [6-12]

Happy Feet

Talking and Playing for Growth

(Responsibility; Respect; CaringSEL: Friendship; Courage; Self-Esteem; Disabilities) [5 – 8]

Hawaii

(Respect; Caring; Subjects: U.S./1812 – 1860 & Hawaii; Religions/Christianity) [12+]

High School Musical

(Respect; Caring; SEL: Breaking Out; Friendship, Peer Pressure; Father/Son; Talent; Subjects: Dance; Drama/Musicals) [8 – 14]

Hiroshima Maiden

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Courage; Friendship; Human Rights; Peer Pressure; Subjects: U.S./1941 – 1991; World/WW-II and Japan) [9 – 13]

Hoosiers

(Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Caring; SEL: Teamwork; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Male Role Model; Father/Son; Subjects: Sports/Basketball; U.S. 1945 – 1991 & Indiana) [11+]

Horton Hears a Who!

Talking and Playing for Growth

(Responsibility; Respect; Caring; SEL: Friendship; Courage) [4 – 8]

Ice Princess

(Trustworthiness; Respect; Fairness; Caring; SEL: Breaking Out; Parenting; Mother/daughter; Sportsmanship; Subjects: Sports/Ice Skating) [9+]

An Ideal Husband

(Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Families in Crisis; Marriage, Friendship, Romantic Relationships, Justice, Redemption; Subjects: Drama/England; World/England) [12+]

The Inner Circle

(SEL: Marriage; Human Rights; Suicide; Subjects: World/Russia) [15+]

The Jazz Singer

(Respect; Caring; SEL: Breaking Out; Talent; Subjects: Cinema; U.S./1913 – 1929, Diversity & New York; Music/Popular) [12+]

The Joy Luck Club

(SEL: Mother/Daughter/ Surviving; Subjects: U.S./1945 – 1991, Diversity & California; World/China) [14+]

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Talking and Playing for Growth

(Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Coming of Age; Talent; Friendship; Courage) [5 – 8]

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

(Respect; Caring; Trustworthiness; Citizenship; SEL: Ambition; Families in Crisis; Female Role Model; Friendship; Subjects: U.S./1929 – 1941 (the Great Depression) [6-12]

Les Choristes

(Caring; SEL: Self-esteem; Talent; Education; Subjects: Music; World/France; Literature/Poetry Analysis; Literary Devices: theme) [10+; in French with English subtitles]

Life With Father

(SEL: Coming of Age; Father/Son; Marriage; Parenting; Subjects: U.S./1865 – 1913 & New York) [8+]

Little Women

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Female Role Model; Families in Crisis; Parenting; Sisters; Coming of Age; Talent; Subjects: U.S./1860 – 1865 & Massachusetts; Literature/U.S.) [6+]

Lord of the Flies

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Peer Pressure; Surviving; Subjects: ELA; U.S./1945 -1991) [13+; Literary devices analyzed: symbol, character development, theme, irony.]

Lorenzo’s Oil

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Illness, Disabilities; Marriage; Families in Crisis; Parenting; Sisters; Subjects: Medicine) [13+]

Lust for Life

(SEL: Talent; Brothers; Mental Illness; Suicide; Subjects: Biography/Van Gogh; World/France; Visual Arts) [12+]

Mass Casualties: Lesson Plan

(Focusing on the Decision to End WWII with Surprise Atomic Attacks on Japanese Cities) (Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Human Rights; Subjects: U.S./ 1941 – 1945; World/WWII and Japan) [12+]

A Midnight Clear

(SEL: Coming of Age; Peace/Peacemakers; Courage in War; Subjects: U.S./1941-1945) [13+]

Midnight in Paris

(Literature/U.S.; Visual Arts; Music; World/France; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [14+]

The Miracle Worker

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Disabilities; Female Role Model; Subjects: Biography/Keller; U.S./1865 – 1913) [10+]

Modern Times

(Trustworthiness; Caring; SEL: Surviving; Subjects: Cinema; U.S./1929-1941) [8+]

Mr. Holland’s Opus

(Responsibility; Citizenship; Caring; Respect; SEL: Education; Male Role Model; Parenting; Father/Son; Mother/Son; Marriage; Disabilities; Subjects: Music/Classical; U.S. 1945 – 1991) [10+]

Mulan

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Breaking Out; Female Role Model; Subjects: World/China; Mythology) [6-9]

My Fair Lady

(SEL: Romantic Relationships; Breaking Out; Subjects: World/England; Drama/Musicals) [6+]

October Sky

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Parenting; Father/Son; Mother/Son; Breaking Out; Friendship; Subjects: Aviation & Space Exploration; U.S./1945 – 1991 & West Virginia; Science-Technology) [10+]

Of Mice And Men

(Literature – U.S.; SEL: Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [13+]

The Old Man and the Sea

(Trustworthiness; Caring; SEL: Friendship; Subjects: Literature/U.S.) [12+]

Oliver!

(SEL: Spousal Abuse; Crime; Subjects: Drama/Musicals; Literature/England; World/England) [8+]

Oliver Twist

(SEL: Spousal Abuse; Crime; Subjects: Literature/England; World/England) [10+]

The Outsiders

(Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Caring; SEL: Brothers; Coming of Age; Courage; Fighting; Friendship; Peer Pressure; Redemption; Subjects: Literature/U.S.; U.S./1945 – 1991) [11+; Literary devices analyzed: expository phase; flashback; symbol; foreshadowing; Bildungsroman; irony; protagonist/antagonist confusion and theme]

Partners of the Heart

(Caring; SEL: Teamwork, Education, Friendship; Subjects: Medicine; U.S./1917 – 1991, Diversity, Tennessee & Maryland) [10+]

Pay It Forward

(Responsibility; Caring; Citizenship; SEL: Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Mother/Son; Families in Crisis; Education; Disabilities; Subjects: U.S./1991 – Present) [12+]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

(Literature/U.S.; SEL: Child Abuse; Courage; GBLTQ; Friendship; Romantic Relationships; Mental Illness; Suicide; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [14+]

Pick of the Litter

(U.S. History and Culture, 1991 to Present; SEL: Caring for Animals, Disabilities; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring, Citizenship) [11+]

Ponyo

(Literature/World; World/Japan; SEL: Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [5+]

Ponyo

Talking and Playing

SEL: Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [4-8]

Princess Mononoke

(Respect; Caring; Citizenship; SEL: Male Role Model; Leadership; Romantic Relationships; Subjects: World/Japan; The Environment; Mythology; Cinema) [12+]

The Pursuit of Happyness

(Caring; SEL: Father/Son; Parenting; Surviving, Work/Career; add the following SEL topics when using TeachWithMovies.com’s student handout for this film entitled Episodes in the Life of Chris Gardner (What’s Not in the Movie): Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Breaking Out; Spousal Abuse; Child Abuse; Education; Male Role Model; Ambition; Subjects: U.S./1991 – present and Biography) [12+]

Pygmalion

(SEL: Breaking Out; Romantic Relationships; Subjects: Drama/England; World/England) [12+]

Romeo and Juliet

(Respect; Caring; SEL: Fighting; Romantic Relationships; Suicide; Revenge; Subjects: Drama/England) [12+]

The Rookie

(Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Talent; Subjects: Sports/Baseball; U.S./1991 – present) [9+]

Roxanne

(Respect; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Self-esteem; Subjects: Drama; ELA: irony; characterization) [12+]

The Russians are Coming the Russians are Coming

(SEL: Peace/Peacemakers; U.S./1945 – 1991 & Massachusetts) [8 – 12]

Ryan’s Daughter

(Trustworthiness; Respect; Caring; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Subjects: World/Ireland & WWI) [15+]

The Sandlot

(Caring; SEL: Friendship; Leadership; Subjects: Sports/Baseball; ELA Discussion and Writing Exercises for middle and junior high school) [10 – 14]

Schindler’s List

(Trustworthiness; Respect; Caring; SEL: Courage; Rebellion; Subjects: Biography; World/WWII) [15+]

The Searchers

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Revenge; Subjects: U.S./1865 – 1913; ELA) [13+; Literary devices analyzed: expository phase, character development, theme]

Sense and Sensibility

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Sisters; Subjects: Literature/England; World/England) [12+]

Shiloh

(Trustworthiness; Caring; SEL: Caring for Animals; Father/Son; Mother/Son, Parenting; Subjects: U.S./1945 – 1991 & West Virginia) [10+]

The Shootist

(Respect; Caring SEL: Coming of Age; Illness (Serious); Subjects: U.S./1865 – 1913; Literature/Myths of the Western Genre; Literary Devices: theme & characterization; Cinema) [14+]

Something the Lord Made

(Caring; SEL: Teamwork, Education, Friendship; Subjects: Medicine; U.S./1917 – 1991, Diversity, Tennessee & Maryland) [10+]

The Sound of Music

(Trustworthiness; Caring; SEL: Parenting, Romantic Relationships; Subjects: Drama/Musicals; World/ WWII & Austria) [6+]

Strauss: King of Three-Quarter Time

(SEL: Friendship; Child Abuse; Subjects: Biography; Music/Classical; World/Austria) [6-12]

Swan Lake

(SEL: Romantic Relations; Subjects: Dance/Performance; ELA) [10+; Literary devices analyzed: metaphor; symbol.]

A Tale of Two Cities

(SEL: Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Rebellion; Redemption; Romantic Relationships; Subjects (Literature/England; World/France & England) [12+]

To Kill A Mockingbird

(Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; Citizenship; SEL: Justice; Male Role Model; Courage; Mental Illness; Parenting; Disabilities; Subjects: U.S./1929 – 1941, the Law & Diversity; Literature/U.S. & Literary Devices) [11+; Literary devices analyzed: symbol; flashback; irony; humor]

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Education; Families in Crisis; Father/Daughter; Grieving; Subjects: U.S./1913 – 1929, Diversity & New York) [9+]

Trouble With The Curve

(Sports/Baseball; SEL: Parenting; Father/Daughter; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [13+]

Tucker: The Man and His Dream

(Responsibility; Fairness; SEL: Ambition; Courage; Subjects: U.S./1945-1991; Science-Technology) [10+]

Twelfth Night

(SEL: Romantic Relationships; Subjects: Drama/England) [12+]

Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh

(SEL: Talent; Brothers, Mental Illness; Suicide; Subjects: Biography; World/France; Visual Arts) [12+]

Up

Talking and Playing for Growth

(Caring; SEL: Friendship; Caring for Animals; Grieing) Caring) [6 – 8]

Wall-E

Talking and Playing for Growth

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: The Environment; Romantic Relationships; Taking Care of Yourself) [4 – 8]

Warm Springs

(Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Courage; Disabilities; Subject: U.S./1913 – 1929; Biography; Georgia) [12+]

War of the Buttons

Using Characterization in Literary Analysis (Trustworthiness; Caring; SEL: Fighting; Friendship; Leadership; Parenting; Subjects: ELA: characterization; World/Ireland) [10+]

Water

(Respect; Caring; Fairness; SEL: Human Rights; Suicide; Breaking Out; Subjects: World/India; Religions/Hinduism; ELA) [12+; Literary devices analyzed: character, symbols, subplot, foils and irony]

West Side Story

(Respect; Caring; Citizenship; SEL: Fighting; Revenge; Romantic Relationships; Bad Associations; Subjects: Drama/Musicals; U.S./1945 – 1991, Diversity & New York; Dance/Performance) [12+]

When a Man Loves a Woman

(Caring; SEL: Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Romantic Relationships; Marriage; Parenting; Father/daughter; Subjects: U.S./1991 – present) [13+]

The Witness

(Respect; Caring; SEL: Caring for Animals; Breaking Out; Subjects: U.S./1991 – present & New York) [13+]

The Wizard of Oz

(Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring; SEL: Self-esteem; Friendship; Taking Care of Yourself; Breaking Out; Subject: Drama/Musicals; U.S./1865-1913; Cinema) [5+]

The Yearling

(Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; SEL: Male Role Model; Coming of Age; Running Away; Father/Son; Mother/Son; Subjects: U.S./1865 – 1913 & Florida; Literature/U.S.) [8 – 12]