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November 1st – November 30th

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

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December 1st – December 31st

December is Universal Human Rights Month, a time for people in the United States and around the world to join together and stand up for the rights and dignity of all individuals.


(Justice; Courage; Rebellion; Human Rights; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Citizenship; Subjects: U.S./1812 – 1860 & Diversity) [14+]

Four Films About Anne Frank

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

Au Revoir Les Enfants

(Coming of Age, Human Rights, Friendship; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Caring; Subjects: World/France & WWII (Holocaust)) [11+]

Beyond Rangoon

(Human Rights; Grieving; Rebellion; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: World/Myanmar) [14+]


(U.S. History & Culture: 1991 to Present; The African/American Experience and the Civil Rights Movement; SEL: Human Rights; Justice; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect? [13+; 2 hours 12 minutes]

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

(Human Rights; Friendship; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: World/WWII & Germany; ELA) [13+; Literary Devices Analyzed: irony]

A Dry White Season

(Courage; Justice; Human Rights; Grieving; Father/Son; Marriage; Families in Crisis; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Responsibility; Citizenship; Subjects: World/South Africa) [14+]

El Norte

Human Rights; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: U.S./1945 to present, Diversity & California; World/Guatemala) [14+]

Europa! Europa!

(Human Rights; Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Subjects: World/Germany & WWII) [13+] (In German & Russian with English Subtitles)

For Love or Country — The Arturo Sandoval Story

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

Fruitvale Station

(Human Rights; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: U.S./1991 to present, Diversity & California) [13+]


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

Gorillas in the Mist

(Caring for Animals; Courage; Human Rights; Romantic Relationships; Ethical Emphasis — Trustworthiness; Respect; Citizenship; Subjects — The Environment; Science-Technology; World/Africa) [13+]

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]

Grave of the Fireflies

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


(U.S. History 1812- 1865; African-American; Maryland; SEL: Human Rights; Female Role Model; Breaking Out; Courage; Disabilities; Moral/Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [13+]

Hiroshima Maiden

(Courage; Friendship; Human Rights; Peer Pressure; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: U.S./1941 – 1991; World/WW-II and Japan) [9 – 13]

The Inner Circle

(Marriage; Human Rights; Suicide; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: World/Russia) [15+]

Iron Jawed Angels

(Human Rights; Courage; Leadership; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Fairness; Subjects: U.S.: 1913 – 1929) [11+]

Judgment at Nuremberg

(Justice; Human Rights, Male Role Model; Ethical Emphasis: Respect, Responsibility; Fairness; Subjects: U.S./1941 – 1945 & The Law; World/WWII) [10+]

Just Mercy

(Drama/England; World/Ancient Rome; SEL: Ambition; Rebellion; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [12+]

For Love or Country – The Arturo Sandoval Story

Lesson Plan: on the Human Rights of Artists

High School and Middle./Jr. High World History and any fine arts curriculum, especially music.

Hotel Rwanda

(Human Rights; Courage; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship; Subjects: World/Rwanda & the Post-Cold War Era) [14+]

Mao’s Last Dancer

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

Mass Casualties Lesson Plan

(Focusing on the Decision to End WWII with Surprise Atomic Attacks on Japanese Cities) (Human Rights; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: U.S./ 1941 – 1945; World/WWII and Japan) [12+]

The Official Story

(Parenting; Human Rights; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Subjects: World/Argentina) [14+]

Rabbit-Proof Fence

(Human Rights; Courage; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: World/Australia) [10+]


(Rebellion; Human Rights; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Citizenship; Subjects: World/South Africa) [13+]

Sometimes in April

(Human Rights; Courage; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship; Subjects: World/Rwanda & the Post-Cold War Era) [14+]

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

(Human Rights; Courage; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Fairness; Subjects: U.S./1812 – 1865; 1865 – 1913; and African Americans & the Civil Rights Movement; Literature/U.S. (Narrative Writing) [10+]


(Human Rights; Suicide; Breaking Out; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Fairness; Subjects: World/India; Religions/Hinduism) [12+]

December 25th

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration by billions of people around the world.

A Christmas Carol

(Religions/Christianity; World/England; SEL: Redemption; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [8+]

It’s a Wonderful Life

(U.S./1913 – 1945; SEL: Male Role Model; Suicide; Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [10+]

The Nutcracker

(Dance; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [5+]

Search hundreds of movies organized by subject that TWM recommends as the best of the best in meeting curriculum standards while providing students with stellar educational experiences.

Six Pillars Partner” and uses the Six Pillars of
Character to organize ethical principles.

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