Social-Emotional Learning Index


Create Lesson Plans About Leadership Using Movies

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided

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

Beau Geste

(Leadership; Families in Crisis; Brothers; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Subjects: World/France) [12+]

Billy Budd

(Justice; Leadership; Ethical Emphasis: Fairness; Subjects: Literature/U.S. & Literary Devices: theme, characterization & irony; World/Britain; Seafaring) [14+]

Courage Under Fire

(Marriage, Redemption; Leadership; Suicide; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Courage in War; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1991 – Present) [12+]

The Crossing

(Courage in War, Leadership; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Responsibility & Citizenship; Subjects: U.S./1750 – 1812, New Jersey & Pennsylvania)

Dr. Strangelove

(Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Subjects: U.S./1945 – 1991) [10+]

Edge of America

(Breaking Out; Leadership; Teamwork; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Respect; Caring; Subjects: Sports/Basketball; U.S./1945-1991; Diversity/Native American & African American and New Mexico) [12+]

Empowering Students to Meet the Challenges of Our Time

(U.S. History and Culture, 1945 – 1991 to Current; SEL: Leadership: Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [14+]


(Leadership; Ethical Emphasis — Responsibility, Caring; Subjects — U.S./1945 – 1991; World/Cold War) [14+]


(Courage in War; Leadership; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Citizenship; Subjects U.S./1860 – 1865 & Pennsylvania) [10+]


(Courage in War; Leadership; Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship; Trustworthiness; Subjects U.S./1860 – 1865 & Massachusetts) [14+]

High Noon

American History and Civics Classes

(U.S./The Frontier & the West, 1865 – 1913 and 1945 – 1991 (the Red Scare); Cinema; SEL: Marriage; Leadership; Courage; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [11+]

High Noon

ELA Classes

(Literature/Myths of the Western genre; Literary devices: symbol; motif; foil; and expository phase; SEL: Marriage; Leadership; Courage; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [11+]

High Noon

Snippet Lesson Plan on the Expository Phase ELA: Expository Phase

[12+; snippet: 15 minutes, 20 seconds; lesson: one to two class periods]

Iron Jawed Angels

The Best of TWM

(U.S. 1913 – 1929; SEL: Human Rights; Courage; Leadership; Female Role Model. Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Fairness) [11+]

Knute Rockne, All American

(Leadership, Sportsmanship, Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Sports/Football; U.S./1913 – 1929) [8+]


(Rebellion; Leadership; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Subjects: World/Tibet & China; Religions/Buddhism) [13+]

Memphis Belle

(Leadership; Courage in War; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Aviation; U.S./1941 – 1945) [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+]


(Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: Biography; U.S./1941 – 1945) [12+]

Princess Mononoke

(Male Role Model; Leadership; Romantic Relationships; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Citizenship; Subjects: World/Japan; The Environment; Mythology; Cinema) [12+]

Remember the Titans

(Breaking Out; Friendship; Teamwork; Leadership; Male Role Model; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Citizenship; Subjects: U.S./1945 – 1991, Diversity & Virginia; Sports/Football) [11+]

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Thirteen Days

(Leadership; Peace/Peacemakers; Brothers; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1945 – 1991; World/Russia & The Cold War) [12+]


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

Twelve O’Clock High

(Leadership; Courage in War; Subjects: Aviation; U.S./1941-1945; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [10+]

War of the Buttons

Using Characterization in Literary Analysis

(Fighting; Friendship; Leadership; Parenting; Subjects: ELA: characterization; World/Ireland; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring) [10+]