Social-Emotional Learning Index


Create Lesson Plans About Ambition Using Movies

All The King’s Men

(Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Fairness; Subjects: U.S./1913 – 1941, Politics & Louisiana; Literature/U.S.) [13+]

Degas and the Dancer

(Talent, Ambition, Mother/Daughter, Sisters; Ethical Emphasis — Respect; Responsibility; Caring; Subjects — Visual Arts; World/France; Dance) [8 – 13]

Julius Caesar

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

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

(Ambition; Families in Crisis; Female Role Model; Friendship; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Trustworthiness; Citizenship; Subjects: U.S./1929 – 1941 (the Great Depression) [6-12]

The Lion King

(Grieving; Redemption; Friendship; Ambition, Running Away; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Subjects: The Environment; Science/Technology) [8 – 11]

Looking For Richard

(Ambition; Brothers; Ethical Emphasis: General; Subjects: World/England; Drama/England) [12+]


The Best of TWM

(World-Russia, Post-Cold War Era; SEL: Courage, Ambition, Human Rights, Leadership, Male Role Model (Navalny);
Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility, Citizenship) [15+]

Quiz Show

(Ambition; Father/Son; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Subjects: U.S./1945 – 1991 & New York) [11+]

Richard III

(Ambition; Brothers; Ethical Emphasis: General; Subjects: Drama/England; World/England) [12+]


(Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Biography; World/Russia)[12+]

Tucker: The Man and His Dream

(Ambition; Courage; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Fairness; Subjects: U.S./1945-1991; Science-Technology) [10+]

The Pursuit of Happyness

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