Classes don’t have to be a waste of time when the teacher is away

Most teachers have movies they’d like to show their students, if only they could find the time

Movies that further curriculum goals can keep students engaged and advance their learning

Advantages of Providing a Lesson Plan for the Substitute Teacher


When class time is well spent, everyone benefits the students, the classroom teacher, and the sub. A substitute teacher needs clear lesson plans that will keep students occupied and out of trouble; the teacher needs to know that class time isn’t wasted and that attention is being paid to meeting educational goals, such as fulfilling curriculum standards; the students need to have their attention held, so that in order to pass the time, they don’t have to resort to dropping books on cue or propelling various objects at their classmates. A well-planned lesson based on a film can meet each of these needs.

Substitutes can come to a job with a lesson plan, including the film, in tow, in case no formal plans have been left by the regular teacher.

Most teachers have films they would like to show their students but they hesitate to spend the class time necessary to see an entire movie. Yet, when the teacher is absent due to a conference, an illness or an emergency, substitutes are all too often primarily babysitters. With Set-Up-the-Sub, lesson plans for substitute teachers are at your fingertips. Class time that would otherwise be wasted or of little value, can be used to both show the film and further students’ education. Good lesson plans make good substitute teachers.

Set-Up-The-Sub Lesson Plan Templates By Subject Matter


Film Study Worksheet for Any Film for ELA and Literature Classes — for any film [12+; one to three class periods]

Man on Fire

Child Savior Myth and Literary Archetypes – An Introduction using “Man on Fire”

[14+; one class period]

Cast Away

Expository phase; motif; symbol; theme development; dramatic irony using “Cast Away”

[13+; one to three weeks]



Symbiosis and Predation using “Microcosmos”

[5+ (grades K – 12); one class period]


A Force More Powerful

Civil Rights Movement – The Nashville Sit-ins using “A Force More Powerful”

[12+; one class period]


A Force More Powerful

Non-violence and the Indian Independence Movement using “A Force More Powerful”

[12+; one to two class periods]