Create Lesson Plans Relating to Religion
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    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.

    The terms "snippet," "film clip," "movie clip," and "video clip" refer to a movie segment which is less than 40 minutes in length. "Short subjects" are complete movies which are also 40 minutes or less.

    A.   Judeo-Christian Religions Generally

    B.   Christianity

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

    • Chariots of Fire (World/England; Sports/Olympics; Religions/Judaism and Christianity; SEL: Sportsmanship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [10+]
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    • A Christmas Carol (Religions/Christianity; World/England; SEL: Redemption; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [8+]

    • Hawaii (U.S./1812 - 1860 & Hawaii; Religions/Christianity; SEL: None; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring) [12+]

    • A Man for All Seasons (Biography/Thomas More; World/England & the Renaissance; Religions/Christianity; Drama/England; Char Dev.: Courage; Male Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [12+]

    • Matewan (U.S./1913 - 1929, Diversity & West Virginia; Religions/Christianity; SEL: Male Role Model; Fighting; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect) [12+]

    • The Mission (Religions/Christianity; World/South America, Paraguay, Brazil; SEL: Redemption; Courage; Brothers; Rebellion; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [13+]

    • The Scarlet Letter (U.S./1629 - 1750 & Massachusetts; Religions/Christianity; Literature/U.S.; SEL: Redemption; Romantic Relationships; Revenge; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility) [12+]

    C.   Judaism and Jews

    (See also World/Isreal and World/WW II/Holocaust)

    • An American Tail (U.S./1865 - 1913; Diversity & New York; Religions/Judaism; SEL: Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Fairness) [9 & 10]

    • An American Tail - Talking and Playing for Growth (U.S./1865 - 1913; Diversity & New York; Religions/Judaism; SEL: Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring) [5 - 8]

    • Chariots of Fire (World/England; Sports/Olympics; Religions/Judaism and Christianity; SEL: Sportsmanship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [10+]

    • The Chosen (Literature/U.S. & Literary Devices: Theme, Symbol, Irony; Religions/Judaism; U.S.: 1941 - 1945 & New York; SEL Parenting; Father/Son; Friendship; Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring) [10+]

    • Fiddler on the Roof (Drama/Musicals; Religions/Judaism; U.S./Diversity; World/Russia; Dance/Performance; SEL: Parenting; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring) [7+]

    D.   Islam

    E.   Buddhism

    • Kundun (World/Tibet & China; Religions/Buddhism; SEL: Rebellion; Leadership; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [13+]

    • Little Buddha (Religions/Buddhism; World/Tibet; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [10+]


    F.   Hinduism

    • Gandhi (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+]

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





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