The suggested age range appears in brackets at the end of each entry. Topics relating to Social and Emotional Learning

appear after the term “SEL”. “Moral-Ethical Emphasis” is a reference to Character Counts’ Six Pillars of Character.


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The Sandlot

(Sports/Baseball; ELA Discussion and Writing Exercises for middle and junior high school; SEL: Friendship; Leadership; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [10 – 14]


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

Saving Private Ryan

Snippet Lesson Plan

On the Omaha Beach Landing Using a Film Clip from Saving Private Ryan (U.S./1941 – 1945; World/WWII; SEL: Courage in War; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Citizenship) [16+]


(U.S./1945 – 1991 & Diversity; World/Japan; SEL: Male Role Model; Friendship; Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect) [12+]

The Scarlet Letter

The Best of TWM

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

Schindler’s List

The Best of TWM

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

The Searchers

The Best of TWM

(U.S./1865 – 1913; ELA.; SEL: Revenge; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [13+; Literary devices analyzed: expository phase, character development, theme.]

Searching for Bobby Fischer

(Sports/Chess; World/Canada; SEL: Talent; Father/Son; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [10+]

Secrets of the Whales

(Science-Technology; The Environment; SEL: Caring for Animals; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility)


( U.S.: 1945-1991; Civil Rights Movement; Diversity/African-American; SEL: Leadership; Courage; Human Rights; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Fairness, Citizenship) [12+]

Sense and Sensibility

(Literature/England; World/England; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Sisters; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [12+]

Seven Days in May

(U.S./1945 – 1991; SEL: Rebellion; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility) [12+]

Shakespeare in Love

Snippet Lesson Plan

Introduction to Romeo and Juliet Using a Clip from Shakespeare in Love (Drama; World/England) [12+]

Shakespeare Behind Bars

(Drama and U.S./The Law; SEL Redemption; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [14+]

Shall We Dance?

(Dance; World/Japan; SEL: Breaking Out; Marriage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [12+]

She’s Too Young

(Health (social structure of school; STDs); SEL: Peer Pressure; Bad Associations; Romantic Relationships; Self-esteem; Taking Care of Yourself; Families in Crisis; Parenting; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility) [15+]


(U.S./1945 – 1991 & West Virginia; SEL: Caring for Animals; Father/Son; Mother/Son, Parenting; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring) [10+]

The Shootist

(U.S./1865 – 1913; Literature/Myths of the Western Genre; Literary Devices: theme & characterization; Cinema; SEL: Coming of Age; Illness (Serious); Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring) [14+]

Show Boat

(U.S./1865 – 1913 & Diversity/African-American; Cinema; Drama/Musicals; Dance/Performance; SEL: Marriage; Romantic Relationships; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Gambling Addiction; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [11+]


Part of a unit on National Security Whistleblowers (U.S. 1945 – Current, the Press; & the Law; Civics; SEL: Courage; Moral-Ethical Responsibility; Citizenship) [13+]

Multi-Media Supplement for Jonathan Edwards’ “SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD”

Snippet Lesson Plan

Using “Sinner Man” in Song and in Dance to Enliven the Study of the Sermon, Enhance its Meaning, Demonstrate the Metaphorical Nature of Artistic Expression, and Foster Appreciation for the Arts (U.S. 1629 – 1750; ELA — American Literature, Metaphor; Music; Dance) [15+; 3 minutes, played several times]

The Social Dilemma

Netflix documentary with fictional scenes (Health); [11+; 93 minutes]

The Smithsonian and the Presidency

Short Subject

From the series “This is America Charlie Brown” (U.S./Creating the Nation, 1860 – 1865; and 1929 – 1941; SEL: Disabilities; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [7 – 11; 25 minutes]

Small Wonders

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

Smoke Signals

The Best of TWM

(U.S./1991 – Present, Diversity (Native American) & Idaho; SEL: Father/Son; Grieving; Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; Child Abuse; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring (Forgiving)) [12+]

Sometimes in April

The Best of TWM

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

Solar System: Historical Evolution of Views About the Solar System and the Retrograde Motion of Mars

Snippet Lesson Plan

Using Film Clips from Agora and Internet Animations (Science & Technology/Astronomy) [12+: Middle and High School Levels; Snippet: 8 minutes]

Something the Lord Made

(Medicine; U.S./1917 – 1991; Diversity/African-American; Tennessee & Maryland; SEL: Teamwork, Education, Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [10+]

The Sound of Music

(Drama/Musicals; World/ WWII & Austria; SEL: Parenting, Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring) [6+]

South Pacific

(Drama/Musicals; U.S./1941 – 1945 & Diversity; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Citizenship) [10+ ]

Spare Parts

(Science-Technology; U.S. 1991 – Current, Hispanic & Arizona; SEL: Education; Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [13+]


The Best of TWM

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


The Best of TWM

(U.S. 1945 – Current, the Press & Massachusetts; Religions; SEL: Child Abuse; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [13+; 128 minutes]

Spiderman 2

Snippet Lesson Plan

For Thermonuclear Reactions in the Sun and As a Source of Unlimited Energy for Mankind (Science & Technology/Astronomy; the Environment; Science Fiction) [12+: Middle School Level; Snippet: approximately eight and 1/4 minutes in two segments. Lesson: approximately 30 minutes]

Stage Beauty

Snippet Lesson Plan

A Demonstration of the Use of Acting Technique to Describe Character in Shakespearian and Other Plays [14+; snippet: 18 minutes; lesson: one and one-half class periods]


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

Stand and Deliver

(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]

Star Trek

Snippet Lesson Plan

Black Holes — using a film clip from Star Trek (Science & Technology/Astronomy) [13+: Middle and High School Levels; Snippet: 9.5 minutes]

Strauss: The King of Three-Quarter Time

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

Strictly Ballroom

(Dance; World/Australia; SEL: Breaking Out; Talent; Families in Crisis; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [9+]

Super Size Me

Lesson Plan

For Health Classes based on “Super Size Me” (U.S./1991 – present; Medicine; SEL: Taking Care of Yourself; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [11+]

Swan Lake

(Dance/Performance; ELA; SEL: Romantic Relations; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [10+; Literary devices analyzed: metaphor; symbol.]

The Swiss Family Robinson

(Literature/England; Science-Technology; World/Indonesia; SEL: Families in Crisis; Brothers; Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: General) [6 – 12]

The suggested age range appears in brackets at the end of each entry. Topics relating to Social and Emotional Learning

appear after the term “SEL”. “Moral-Ethical Emphasis” is a reference to Character Counts’ Six Pillars of Character.


A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, MN, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z