CREATE CIVICS LESSON PLANS BASED ON MOVIES AND FILM

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

12 Angry Men (Jury deliberations and due process - U.S./1945 - 1991 & The Law; SEL: Justice; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Fairness; Respect; Citizenship) [11+]

All The King's Men (political corruption - U.S./1913 - 1941, Politics & Louisiana; Literature/U.S.; SEL Ambition; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Fairness) [13+]

All the President's Men (the Press, political corruption - U.S./1945 - 1991 & Politics; SEL: Courage; Teamwork; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Fairness; Citizenship) [12+]

American Violet (U.S. 1991 - Present; Civics; Plea Bargaining; Snippet: Film Clips: First 31 minutes of the film; Lesson: one and one-half 45 - 55 minute class periods [13+]

Amistad (three branches of government; due process - U.S./1812 - 1860 & Diversity; SEL: Justice; Courage; Rebellion; Human Rights; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Citizenship) [14+]

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

The Birth of the Constitution (Origins of U.S. Democracy - Smithsonian and Presidency (the Presidency) -- Short Subject -- from the series "This is America Charlie Brown" (U.S./Creating the Nation; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Citizenship) [9 - 12; 24 minutes]

The Crucible (due process; Red Scare of the 1950s - U.S./1629 - 1750, 1945-1991 & Massachusetts; Drama/U.S.; SEL: Justice; Marriage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Fairness) (Two versions, one in French with English Subtitles) [12+]

Gandhi (Civil Rights Movement; non-violent mass action as a source of social change - Biography; World/India, South Africa, England & 1800s - Cold War Era; U.S./Diversity; Religions; SEL: Rebellion; Peace/Peacemakers; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; Citizenship) [10+]

Ghosts of Mississippi (Civil Rights Movement; Due Process; the Court system - U.S./1945 - Present, Diversity, the Law & Mississippi; SEL: Courage; Justice; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Responsibility; Citizenship) [12+]

 

Inherit the Wind (Court System and Individual Rights - Cinema; U.S./1913 - 1929 & Tennessee; Cinema; SEL: None; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [12+]

The Insider (the Court system, Due Process - U.S./1991 - present, the Law and the Press; SEL: Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Families in Crisis, Marriage, Crime, Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Citizenship) [13+]

Iron Jawed Angels (Women's Suffrage; non-violent mass action as a source of social change - U.S. 1913 - 1929; SEL: Human Rights; Courage; Leadership; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Fairness) [11+]

Judgment at Nuremberg (international law - U.S./1941 - 1945, The Law; World/WW II; SEL: Justice; Human Rights, Male Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect, Responsibility Fairness) [10+]

The Ox-Bow Incident (Due Process - U.S./The Frontier and the West; 1865 - 1913; The Law; & Nevada; SEL: Justice; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Fairness) [12+]

The Paw Project (Lesson Plan in Civics and American Government: CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY; U.S./Politics & California; SEL: Caring for AnImals; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [13+]

Snippet Lesson Plan on the Civil Rights Movement - The Nashville Sit-ins (Civil Rights Movement; non-violent mass action as a source of social change); 1960

Stand and Deliver (burden of proof in criminal, civil and non-governmental proceedings; Due Process - U.S./1941 - 1996, Diversity & California; Mathematics; ELA; SEL: Male Role Model; Self-esteem; Education; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Citizenship) [12+; Literary devices analyzed: character, symbols, subplot, foils and irony]

To Kill A Mockingbird (Due Process - For Love or Country (human rights of artists) (U.S./1929 - 1941, the Law & Diversity; Literature/U.S. & Literary Devices; SEL: Justice; Male Role Model; Courage; Mental Illness; Parenting; Disabilities; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; Citizenship) [11+; Literary devices analyzed: symbol; flashback; irony; humor]