Social-Emotional Learning Index

Male Role Model

Create Lesson Plans About Male Role Models Using Movies

OVERALL – Atticus Finch in:

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]

Educators – Jaime Escalante in:

Stand and Deliver

(Education; Male Role Model; Self-esteem; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Citizenship; Subjects: U.S./1941 – 1996, Diversity & California; Mathematics; ELA) [12+; Literary devices analyzed: character, symbols, subplot, foils, and irony]

The two Coaches in:

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+]

Coach White in:

McFarland, USA

(Sports; U.S. 1945 – Current, Hispanic, & California; SEL: Education; Breaking Out; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [12+]

Astronaut Ken Maddingly in:

Apollo 13

(Teamwork; Male Role Model; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1945 – 1991; Space Exploration) [8+]


Barbary Coast

(Male Role Model; Justice; Bad Associations; Subjects: U.S./The Frontier and the West & California) [12+]

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

(Health, ELA, United States (1949 to 1991; 1991 to Present; and the Press); SEL: Father/Son; Male Role Model; Parenting;  Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [14+]

Beautiful Dreamers

(Male Role Model; Mental Illness; Breaking Out; Friendship; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: Biography/Whitman; Literature/U.S.; World/Canada; Medicine) [12+; useful for getting students to read and appreciate the poetry of Walt Whitman]


(Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Citizienship; Subjects: U.S./1913 – 1929 & Nebraska) [10+]

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

Science (Biology & Physics); World (Africa & Malawi); Biography (William Kamkwamba); ELA; SEL: Male Role Model; Education; Father/Son; Families in Crisis; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; [10+]

Captains Courageous

(Friendship, Parenting; Male Role Model; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1929 – 1941 & Massachusets; Seafaring) [8 – 12]

Cool Runnings

(Sportsmanship; Redemption; Male Role Model; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Fairness; Subjects: World/Jamaica; Sports/Olympics) [8+]

Gentleman’s Agreement

The Best of TWM

(Female Role Model; Male Role Model; Parenting; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: U.S./1945 – 1991 & Diversity) [12+]

The Gods Must Be Crazy II

(Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: World/Africa; Environment) [10+]

Good Will Hunting

(Child Abuse; Marriage; Romantic Relationships; Fighting; Friendship; Male Role Model; Talent; Breaking Out; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Medicine (Psychiatry); U.S./1991 – present & Massachusetts) [14+]


(Teamwork; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Male Role Model; Father/Son; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Caring; Subjects: Sports/Basketball; U.S. 1945 – 1991 & Indiana) [11+] S

It’s a Wonderful Life

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

The Jackie Robinson Story

(Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Respect, Citizenship; Subjects: Biography; Sports/Baseball; U.S./1945 – 1991 & Diversity) [8+]

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+]

A Man for All Seasons

(Courage; Male Role Model; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Subjects: Biography/Thomas More; World/England & the Renaissance; Religions/Christianity; Drama/England) [12+]


(Male Role Model; Fighting; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; Subjects: U.S./1913 – 1929, Diversity & West Virginia; Religions/Christianity) [12+]

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+]


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+]

Pride of the Yankees

(Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Biography/Gehrig; Sports/Baseball) [8+]

Princess Mononoke

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

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+]


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

The Turning Point

(Marriage; Mother/Daughter; Friendship; Male Role Model; Talent; Work/Career; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Dance; U.S./1945 – 1991) [14+]

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Health (Parenting); Biography (Fred Rogers); U.S. History 1945 to 1991. 1991 to present; SEL: Parenting; Male Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; AGE; 16+

The Yearling

(Male Role Model; Coming of Age; Running Away; Father/Son; Mother/Son; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: U.S./1865 – 1913 & Florida; Literature/U.S.) [8 – 12]