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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+]

Apollo 13

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

Courage Under Fire

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

Edward Scissorhands

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


The Best of TWM

(Science Fiction; SEL: Breaking Out; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Human Rights; Brothers; Friendship; Suicide; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Fairness) [14+]


The Best of TWM

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

Good Will Hunting

The Best of TWM

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

Groundhog Day

(Literature; SEL: Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [12+]

Kit Kittredge – An American Girl

(U.S./1929 – 1941 (the Great Depression); SEL: Ambition; Families in Crisis; Female Role Model; Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Trustworthiness; Citizenship) [6-10]

The One

Snippet Lesson Plan

On Parallel Universes Using Film Clips from The One (Physics) [12+; snippets: two clips of less than 11 minutes]


(Drama; ELA: irony; characterization; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Self-esteem; Moral-Ethical Emphasis Respect) [12+]

Shakespeare in Love

Snippet Lesson Plan

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

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]


(U.S./1945 – 1991 & New York; Drama/U.S.; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [13+]


Snippet Lesson Plan

Introduction to Volcanoes and Tectonic Plates (Subject: Science & Technology — Earth Science & Vulcanology; Ages: 10 – 13: Middle School Level; Length: Film Clip: Approximately 20 minutes of the film in three segments. Lesson: two 45 – 55 minute class periods. Homework: a research assignment between the two class periods.