Social-Emotional Learning Index


Create Lesson Plans About Disabilities Using Movies

Beethoven Lives Upstairs

(Friendship; Grieving; Disability; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: Music/Classical; World/Austria; Biography/Beethoven) [9 – 12]

A Call To Spy

The Best of TWM

(World History: The Second World War; England; U.S. History, 1940 – 1945; SEL: — Disabilities; Female Role Model; Courage in War; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship; Respect. [13+]


(Disabilities; Courage; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Responsibility; Subjects: Science Fiction) [10+]

Dear Frankie

(Health, Literature; SEL: Disabilities, Mother/Son; Ethical: Trustworthiness; Caring) [12+]

Edison: The Wizard of Light

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

Edward Scissorhands

(Friendship; Disabilities; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Subjects: U.S./1945 – 1991; ELA) [13+; Literary devices analyzed: expository phase, setting, character; development, theme.]

The Glass Menagerie

(Families in Crisis; Mother/Son; Mother/Daughter; Disabilities; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Drama/U.S.; U.S./Missouri)[12+]

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]

Happy Feet

Talking and Playing for Growth

(SEL: Friendship; Courage; Self-Esteem; Disabilities; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Respect; Caring) [5 – 8]


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

Lorenzo’s Oil

(Illness, Disabilities; Marriage; Families in Crisis; Parenting; Sisters; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: Medicine) [13+]

The Miracle Worker

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

Moulin Rouge

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

Mr. Holland’s Opus

(Education; Male Role Model; Parenting; Father/Son; Mother/Son; Marriage; Disabilities; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship; Caring; Respect; Subjects: Music/Classical; U.S. 1945 – 1991) [10+]

Music of the Heart

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

The Music Within

(U.S. 1945 – 1991; Health (disabilities; effects of early-life trauma); SEL: Disabilities; Work/Career; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Citizenship) [14+]

Pay It Forward

(Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Mother/Son; Families in Crisis; Education; Disabilities; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Citizenship; Subjects: U.S./1991 – Present) [12+]

Pick of the Litter

(U.S. History and Culture, 1991 to Present; SEL: Caring for Animals, Disabilities; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring, Citizenship) [11+]

This is America Charlie Brown

The Smithsonian and the Presidency

(Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Subjects: U.S./Creating the Nation, 1860 – 1865; and 1929 – 1941) [7 – 11; 25 minutes]

To Kill A Mockingbird

(Justice; Male Role Model; Courage; Mental Illness; Parenting; Disabilities; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; Citizenship; Subjects: U.S./1929 – 1941, the Law & Diversity; Literature/U.S. & Literary Devices) [11+; Literary devices analyzed: symbol; flashback; irony; humor]

Warm Springs

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