BIOGRAPHY

Bach, Johann Sebastian

BACH’S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM

(Biography; Music/Classical; World/Germany; SEL: Friendship; Father/Son; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [6 – 12]

Beethoven, Ludwig van

BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS

(Biography; Music/Classical; World/Austria; SEL: Grieving; Disabilities; Friendship; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [9 – 12]

Bizet, Georges

BIZET’S DREAM

(Biography; Music/Opera; World/France; SEL: Father/Daughter; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [9 – 12]

Bonaparte, Napoleon

CONQUEST

(Biography/Napoleon Bonaparte; World/France, Poland & The 1800s; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility) [12+]

Cassatt, Mary

MARY CASSATT: AMERICAN IMPRESSIONIST 

(Visual Arts; World/France; U.S./1865 – 1913; Biography; SEL: Talent; Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [8+]

Collins, Michael

MICHAEL COLLINS

(Biography; World/Ireland; SEL: Courage in War; Breaking Out; Peace/Peacemakers; Rebellion; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect) [14+]

Curie, Marie

MADAME CURIE

(Biography; Science-Technology; World/France; SEL: Female Role Model; Grieving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [10+]

MARIE CURIE: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

(Biography; World/France & WWI; Medicine; Science-Technology; SEL: Female Role Model; Mother/Daughter; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [8 – 12]

Da Vinci, Leonardo

LEONARDO: A DREAM OF FLIGHT

(Biography; World/Italy & the Renaissance; Aviation; SEL: Talent; Friendship; Mother/Son; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: General) [8 – 11]

Edison, Thomas Alva

EDISON: THE WIZARD OF LIGHT

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

Einstein, Albert

EINSTEIN: LIGHT TO THE POWER OF 2

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

Frank, Anne

FOUR FILMS ABOUT ANNE FRANK

(World/WWII & Holland; Biography; SEL: Coming of Age; Families in Crisis; Human Rights; Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility; Citizenship) [12+]

Franklin, Benjamin

BEN AND ME

Talking and Playing with Movies

(Biography/Franklin; U. S./1750 – 1812 & Pennsylvania; Science-Technology; SEL: Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [8 & 9; 27 minutes]

Galileo

GALILEO: ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

(Biography; Science-Technology; World/Italy & the Renaissance; SEL: Brothers; Education; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect) [8 – 13]

Gandhi, Mahatma

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+]

Gardner, Christopher

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS

(U.S./1991 – present and Biography; SEL: Father/Son; Parenting; Surviving, Work/Career; add the following SEL topics when using TWM’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) [12+]

Gehrig, Louis

PRIDE OF THE YANKEES

(Biography/Gehrig; Sports/Baseball; SEL: Male Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [8+]

Gould, Glenn

THIRTY-TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD

(Biography; Music/Classical; World/Canada; SEL: Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [14+] (Small portions in French with English subtitles.)

Goya, Francisco

GOYA: AWAKENED IN A DREAM 

(Visual Arts; World/Spain & the Enlightenment; Biography; SEL: Father/Son; Friendship; Illness; Human Rights; Talent; Disabilities; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [8 – 13]

Guaspari, Roberta

SMALL WONDERS

(Music/Classical; U.S./1991 – Present & New York; Biography/Guaspari; SEL: Education; Female Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [6+]

MUSIC OF THE HEART

(Music/Classical, U.S./1991 – present & New York; Biography (Guaspari); SEL: Education; Talent, Disabilities; Romantic Relationships; Divorce and Separation; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [9+]

Handel, George Frideric

HANDEL’S LAST CHANCE

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

Hitler, Adolph

THE GREAT DICTATOR

(Biography/Hitler; World/WWII) [10+]

Holly, Buddy

THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY

(Biography; Music/Popular; U.S./1945 – 1991; SEL: Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: General) [12+]

Homer, Winslow

WINSLOW HOMER: AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL

(U.S./1861 – 1913; Visual Arts; Medicine-Psychiatry; Biography; SEL: Talent; Grieving; Mental Illness; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility) [8 – 12]

Keller, Helen

THE MIRACLE WORKER

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

Lautrec, Toulouse

MOULIN ROUGE

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

Lawrence, T.E.

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

(Biography; World/England, Middle East & WWI; SEL: Courage in War; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [12+]

Lincoln, Abraham and Lincoln, Mary

LINCOLN 

Lesson Plan: The End of America’s Nightmare Dance with Slavery Using Spielberg’s Lincoln

(U.S./1812 – 1865; Biography; SEL: Leadership; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [13+]

ABRAHAM AND MARY LINCOLN: A HOUSE DIVIDED

(U.S./1812 – 1865; Biography; SEL: Families in Crisis; Marriage; Grieving; Leadership; Father/Daughter; Mother/Son; Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect, Responsibility, Fairness) [10+]

Liszt, Franz

LISZTS’ RHAPSODY

(Biography; Music/Classical; SEL: Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [6 – 12]

Mao

MAO’S LAST DANCER

(Literature: NonFiction; Literary Devices: allegory/parable; Biography; World/China; U.S.: 1945 – Present; Dance; SEL: Breaking Out; Human Rights; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [12+]

Miller, Glenn

THE GLENN MILLER STORY

(Biography; Music/Popular; U.S.: 1929 – 1941 – 1945; SEL: Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [12+]

More, Thomas

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

(Biography/Thomas More; World/England & the Renaissance; Religions/Christianity; Drama/England; SEL: Courage; Male Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [12+]

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

AMADEUS 

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

Newton, Isaac

ISAAC NEWTON: A TALE OF TWO ISAACS 

(Biography; Science-Technology; World/England & Enlightenment; Mathematics; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Talent) [8-13]

Northup, Solomon

12 YEARS A SLAVE

(U.S./1812 – 1865; Literature/U.S. (Slave Narrative); Biography; SEL: Human Rights; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [15+]

Patton, George S.

PATTON

(U.S./1941 – 1945; SEL: Leadership; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [12+]

Robinson, Jackie

THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY

(Biography; Sports/Baseball; U.S./1945 – 1991 & Diversity; SEL: Male Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Respect, Citizenship) [8+]

Rockne, Knute

KNUTE ROCKNE

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

Roosevelt, Eleanor

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT 

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

Roosevelt, Franklin Delano (FDR)

WARM SPRINGS

(U.S./1913 – 1929 & Georgia; Biography; SEL: Courage; Disabilities; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [12+]

Rossini, Giocchino

ROSSINI’S GHOST

(Biography; Music/Opera; World/Italy; SEL: Talent; Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [6 – 12]

Sandoval, Arturo

FOR LOVE OR COUNTRY – THE ARTURO SANDOVAL STORY

(Music/Jazz; World/Cuba and the Cold War Era; Biography; SEL: Human Rights; Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Citizenship) [12+]

Schindler, Oskar

SCHINDLER’S LIST

(Biography; World/WWII; SEL: Courage; Rebellion; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; Caring) [15+]

Spartacus

SPARTACUS 

(Biography; World/Ancient Rome; SEL: Rebellion; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [13+]

Stalin

STALIN

(Biography; World/Russia; SEL: Ambition; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [12+]

Strauss, Johann, Jr.

STRAUSS: THE KING OF THREE-QUARTER TIME

(Biography; Music/Classical; World/Austria; SEL: Friendship; Child Abuse; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [6 – 12]

Taylor, Paul

DANCEMAKER

(Biography (Taylor); Dance; SEL: Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [12+]

Truman, Harry S.

TRUMAN

(Biography; U.S./1941 – 1991; SEL: Leadership; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [12+]

Van Gogh, Vincent

LUST FOR LIFE

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

VINCENT: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF VINCENT VAN GOGH

(Biography; World/France; Visual Arts; SEL: Talent; Brothers, Mental Illness; Suicide; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [12+]

Whitman, Walt

BEAUTIFUL DREAMERS

(Biography/Whitman; Literature/U.S.; World/Canada; Medicine; SEL: Male Role Model; Mental Illness; Breaking Out; Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [12+; useful for getting students to read and appreciate the poetry of Walt Whitman]

Zola, Emile

THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA

(Biography; World/France; Literature/France; SEL: Justice; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Fairness) [10+]