Social-Emotional Learning Index
"SUICIDE" to "WORK/CAREER"

Suicide | Surviving | Taking Care Of Yourself
Talent | Teamwork | Work/Career

Complete List of SEL Topics

Suggested ages are in brackets at the end of each entry. Topcs relating to Social Emotional Learning appear after the term "SEL." Moral-Ethical Emphasis is a reference to Character Counts' Six Pillars of Character.

SUICIDE

All My Sons (Crime; Marriage; Father/Son; Suicide; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1941 - 1991; Drama/U.S.) [13+]

Courage Under Fire (Marriage, Redemption; Leadership; Suicide; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Courage in War; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1991 - Present) [12+]

Cross Creek (Female Role Model; Parenting; Friendship; Suicide; Running Away; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1865 - 1913 and Florida; Literature/U.S.) [the events that inspired The Yearling]

Gattaca (Breaking Out; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Human Rights; Brothers; Friendship; Suicide; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Fairness; Subjects: Science Fiction) [14+]

The Inner Circle (Marriage; Human Rights; Suicide; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: World/Russia) [15+]

It's a Wonderful Life (Male Role Model; Suicide; Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship; Subjects: U.S./1913 - 1945) [10+]

 

Les MisÚrables (Redemption; Suicide; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Fairness, Caring; Subjects: Literature/France; World/France) [8+]

Lust for Life (Talent; Brothers; Mental Illness; Suicide; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Biography/Van Gogh; World/France; Visual Arts) [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+]

Romeo and Juliet (Fighting; Romantic Relationships; Suicide; Revenge; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Subjects: Drama/England) [12+]

The Tuskegee Airmen (Courage; Courage in War; Friendship; Self-esteem; Grieving; Suicide; Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility; Subjects: Aviation; U.S./1941 - 1945, Diversity & Alabama) [10+]

Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh (Talent; Brothers, Mental Illness; Suicide; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Biography; World/France; Visual Arts) [12+]

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



SURVIVING

127 Hours (English Language Arts; SEL: Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [14+]

Anne B. Real (Breaking Out; Coming of Age; Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Ambition; Courage; Crime; Education; Families in Crisis; Surviving; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: U.S./1991 - present and New York) [12+]

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

Contagion (Health; Medicine; Science-Technology; U.S. 1991 - present; World/Asia; SEL: Courage; Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [13+]

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

Europa! Europa! (Human Rights; Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Subjects: World/Germany & WW II) [13+] (In German & Russian with English Subtitles)

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

The Joy Luck Club (Mother/Daughter/ Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: U.S./1945 - 1991, Diversity & California; World/China) [14+]

Lord of the Flies (Peer Pressure; Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: ELA; U.S./1945 -1991) [13+; Literary devices analyzed: symbol, character development, theme, irony.]

Modern Times (Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring; Subjects: Cinema; U.S./1929-1941) [8+]

 

The Odyssey (Humility; Surviving; Marriage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Subjects: World/Ancient Greece; Mythology; Literature & Literary Devices; Seafaring [14+ for the movie; 11+ for the book. Literary devices analyzed: simile, metaphor, flashback; symbol]

Roots Vol. II (Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: U.S./1629 - 1750 & Diversity) [12+]

Roots Vol. III (Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: U.S. 1750 - 1812 & Diversity) [12+]

The Pursuit of Happyness (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; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: U.S./1991 - present and Biography) [12+]

The Swiss Family Robinson (Families in Crisis; Brothers; Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: General; Subjects: Literature/England; Science-Technology; World/Indonesia) [6 - 12]

To Live (Grieving; Surviving; Gambling Addiction; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Fairness; Subjects: World/China) (In Chinese with English subtitles.)

The Tuskegee Airmen (Courage; Courage in War; Friendship; Self-esteem; Grieving; Suicide; Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility; Subjects: Aviation; U.S./1941 - 1945, Diversity & Alabama) [10+]



TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF

Forks Over Knives (Health; Medicine; SEL: Taking Care of Yourself; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [12+]

Into the Wild (Literature: NonFiction; Literary Devices: theme; allusion; U.S.: 1945 - 1991; SEL: Taking Care of Yourself; Families in; Crisis Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [14+]

She's Too Young - Peer Pressure; Bad Associations; Romantic Relationships; Self-esteem; Taking Care of Yourself; Families in Crisis; Parenting; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility; Subjects: Health (social structure of school; STDs)) [15+]

 

Super Size Me (Taking Care of Yourself; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1991 - present; Medicine) [11+]

Wall-E - Talking and Playing for Growth (SEL: The Environment; Romantic Relationships; Taking Care of Yourself; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [4 - 8]

The Wizard of Oz — Primary (Self-esteem; Friendship; Taking Care of Yourself; Breaking Out; Subjects:Cinema; Drama/Musicals; U.S./1865-1913; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring) [5+]

The Wizard of Oz — Secondary (Self-esteem; Friendship; Taking Care of Yourself; Breaking Out; Subjects:Cinema; Drama/Musicals; U.S./1865-1913; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring) [12+]



TALENT

Amadeus (Humility; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: Biography/Mozart; Music/Classical) [12+]

Anne B. Real (Breaking Out; Coming of Age; Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Ambition; Courage; Crime; Education; Families in Crisis; Surviving; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: U.S./1991 - present and New York) [12+]

Bach's Fight for Freedom (Friendship; Father/Son; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Biography; Music/Classical; World/Germany) [6 - 12]

Beethoven Lives Upstairs (Friendship; Grieving; Disability; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: Music/Classical; World/Austria; Biography/Beethoven) [9 - 12]

Bizet's Dream (Father/Daughter; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: World/France; Music/Opera; Biography/Bizet) [9 - 12]

The Bolero -- Short Subject (Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: None; Subjects: Music (classical)) [9+; 26 minutes]

The Buddy Holly Story (Moral-Ethical Emphasis: General; Subjects: Biography; Music/Popular; U.S./1945 - 1991) [12+]

Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist (Talent; Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Visual Arts; World/France; U.S./1865 - 1913; Biography)[8+]

Dancemaker (Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Biography/Taylor; Dance) [12+]

Degas and the Dancer (Talent, Ambition, Mother/Daughter, Sisters; Ethical Emphasis --- Respect; Responsibility; Caring; Subjects --- Visual Arts; World/France; Dance) [8 - 13]

Edison: The Wizard of Light (Talent, Disabilities; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Citizenship; Subjects: Science-Technology; U.S./1865 - 1929; Cinema; Biography) [8 - 13]

The Glenn Miller Story (Ethical Emphsis: Responsibility; Subjects:Biography; Music/Popular; U.S./1929 - 1945) [12+]

Goya: Awakened in a Dream (Father/Son; Friendship; Illness; Human Rights; Talent; Disabilities; Ethical Emphasis --- Caring;Subjects --- Visual Arts; World/Spain & the Enlightenment; Biography) [8 - 13]

Handel's Last Chance (Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring; Subjects: Biography/Handel; Music/Classical; World/England & Ireland) [6 - 12]

High School Musical (Breaking Out; Friendship, Peer Pressure; Father/Son; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Subjects: Dance; Drama/Musicals) [8 - 14]

Hoop Dreams (Sportsmanship; Breaking Out; Talent; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility Fairness; Subjects: Sports/Basketball; U.S. 1991 - Present & Illinois) [10+]

Isaac Newton: A Tale of Two Isaacs (Romantic Relationships; Talent; Subjects: Biology; Science-Technology; World/England & Enlightenment; Mathematics) [8- 13]

The Jazz Singer (Breaking Out; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Subjects: Cinema; U.S./1913 - 1929, Diversity & New York; Music/Popular) [12+]

Kiki's Delivery Service - Talking and Playing for Growth (Coming of Age; Talent; Friendship; Courage. Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Caring) [5 - 8]

 

Knute Rockne, All American (Leadership; Sportsmanship; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Sports/Football; U.S./1913 - 1929; Biography) [8+]

Leonardo: A Dream of Flight (Friendship; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: General; Subjects: Biography; World/Italy & the Renaissance; Science-Technology; Aviation) [8 - 11]

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

The Life of Emile Zola (Justice; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Fairness; Subjects: Biography; World/France; Literature/France) [10+]

Liszts' Rhapsody (Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: Biography; Music/Classical;) [6 - 12]

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

Lust for Life (Talent; Brothers; Mental Illness; Suicide; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Biography/Van Gogh; World/France; Visual Arts) [12+]

Moulin Rouge (Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Disabilities; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Biography/Lautrec; Visual Arts; World/France) [13+]

Music of the Heart (Education; Talent; Disabilities; Romantic Relationships; Divorce and Separation; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship; Subjects: Music/Classical; U.S./1991 - Present & New York; Biography (Guaspari)) [9+]

The Red Shoes (Talent; Work/Career; Ethical Emphasis Trustworthiness; Citizenship; Subjects: Dance; Music/Classical) [12+]

The Rookie (Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: Sports/Baseball; U.S./1991 - present) [9+]

Rossini's Ghost (Talent; Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Biography/Rossini; Music/Opera; World/Italy) [6 - 12]

Searching for Bobby Fischer (Talent; Father/Son; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Sports/Chess; World/Canada) [10+]

Strictly Ballroom (Breaking Out; Talent; Families in Crisis; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: Dance; World/Australia) [9+]

Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould (Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Biography; Music/Classical; World/Canada) [14+] (Small portions are in French with English subtitles)

The Turning Point (Marriage; Mother/Daughter; Friendship; Male Role Model; Talent; Work/Career; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Dance; U.S./1945 - 1991) [14+]

Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh (Talent; Brothers, Mental Illness; Suicide; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Biography; World/France; Visual Arts) [12+]

Winslow Homer: An American Original (Talent; Grieving; Mental Illness; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1861 - 1913; Visual Arts; Medicine-Psychiatry; Biography) [8 - 12]



TEAMWORK

All the President's Men (Courage; Teamwork; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsiblity; Fairness; Citizenship; Subjects: U.S./1945 - 1991 & Politics) [12+]

Apollo 13 (Teamwork; Male Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1945 - 1991; Space Exploration) [8+]

A Bugs Life - Talking and Playing for Growth (Courage; Friendship; Teamwork; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; responsibility; Caring) [5 - 8]

Cars - Talking and Playing for Growth (SEL: Sportsmanship; Teamwork; Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring Citizenship) [5 - 8]

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

Fat Man and Little Boy (Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1941-1945 & New Mexico; Science-Technology) [13+]

 

Fly Away Home (Parenting; Father/Daughter; Teamwork; Caring for Animals; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: Science; the Environment; Canada) [10+]

The Right Stuff (Friendship; Teamwork, Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1945 - 1991; Aviation; Space Exploration) [12+]

Something the Lord Made (Teamwork, Education, Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Medicine; U.S./1917 - 1991, Diversity, Tennessee & Maryland) [10+]

Remember the Titans (Breaking Out; Friendship; Teamwork; Leadership; Male Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Citizenship; Subjects: U.S./1945 - 1991, Diversity & Virginia; Sports/Football) [11+]

Partners of the Heart (Teamwork, Education, Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Medicine; U.S./1917 - 1991, Diversity, Tennessee & Maryland) [10+]

Toy Story - Talking and Playing for Growth (Friendship; Teamwork; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Respect; Caring) [5 - 8]



WORK/CAREER

Conrack (Male Role Model; Work/Career; Education; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: U.S./1945 - 1991, Diversity & South Carolina) [10+]

The Pursuit of Happyness (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; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: U.S./1991 - present and Biography) [12+]

 

The Red Shoes (Talent; Work/Career; Ethical Emphasis Trustworthiness; Citizenship; Subjects: Dance; Music/Classical) [12+]

The Turning Point (Marriage; Mother/Daughter; Friendship; Male Role Model; Talent; Work/Career; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Dance; U.S./1945 - 1991) [14+]