Social-Emotional Learning Index


Create Lesson Plans About Parenting Using Movies

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+]

Angels in the Outfield

(Families in Crisis; Friendship; Parenting; Female Role Model; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Sports/Baseball; U.S./1945 – 1991 & California) [9 – 12]


(Health; SEL: Parenting; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [12+]

Bend It Like Beckham

(Breaking Out; Parenting; Romantic Relationships; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; Caring; Subjects: Sports/Soccer (Football); World/England) [13+]

Billy Elliot

(Breaking Out, Families in Crisis, Father/Son, Courage, Grieving, Friendship, Parenting, Grandparents; GBLTQ, Education; Ethical Emphasis: Caring, Responsibility, Respect; Trustworthiness; Subjects: Dance; World/England) [12+]

Breaking Away

(Coming of Age; Parenting; Friendship; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Subjects: Sports/Bicycle Racing; U.S./1945 – 1991 & Indiana) [12+]

Captains Courageous

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

The Chosen

(Parenting; Father/Son; Friendship; Breaking Out; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Subjects: Literature/U.S. & Literary Devices: Theme, Symbol,Irony; Religions/Judaism; U.S.: 1941 – 1945 & New York) [10+]

Cross Creek

(Female Role Model; Parenting; Friendship; Suicide; Running Away; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1865 – 1913; Florida; Literature/U.S.) [the events that inspired The Yearling]

Fiddler on the Roof

(Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Subjects: Drama/Musicals; Religions/Judaism; U.S./Diversity; World/Russia; Dance/Performance) [7+]

Fly Away Home

(Parenting; Father/Daughter; Teamwork; Caring for Animals; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: Science; the Environment; Canada) [10+]

Gentleman’s Agreement

The Best of TWM

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

Gracie’s Choice

(Alcohol & Drug; Abuse; Families In Crisis; Mother/Daughter; Parenting; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring; Subjects: Health; U.S./1991 – present) [10+]

Ice Princess

(Breaking Out; Parenting; Mother/daughter; Sportsmanship; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; Fairness; Caring; Subjects: Sports/Ice Skating) [9+]

Life With Father

(Coming of Age; Father/Son; Marriage; Parenting; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: U.S./1865 – 1913 & New York) [8+]

Little Women

(Female Role Model; Families in Crisis; Parenting; Sisters; Coming of Age; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: U.S./1860 – 1865 & Massachusetts; Literature/U.S.) [6+]

Lorenzo’s Oil

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

Mr. Holland’s Opus

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


(Child Abuse, Self-esteem, GBLTQ; Parenting, Taking Care of Yourself; Subjects: Health; ELA (for cross-curricular assignments); Psychology; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility, Caring) [15+; 121 minutes]

October Sky

(Parenting; Father/Son; Mother/Son; Breaking Out; Friendship; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring; Subjects: Space Exploration; U.S./1945 – 1991 & West Virginia; Science-Technology) [10+]

The Official Story

(Parenting; Human Rights; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Subjects: World/Argentina) [14+]

The Old Curiosity Shop

(Gambling Addiction; Parenting; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Literature/England) [11+]

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+]

She’s Too Young

Peer Pressure; Bad Associations; Romantic Relationships; Self-esteem; Taking Care of Yourself; Families in Crisis; Parenting; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility; Subjects: Health (social structure of school; STDs)) [15+]


(Caring for Animals; Father/Son; Mother/Son, Parenting; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring; Subjects: U.S./1945 – 1991 & West Virginia) [10+]

The Sound of Music

(Parenting, Romantic Relationships; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring; Subjects: Drama/Musicals; World/ WWII & Austria) [6+]

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]

Trouble With The Curve

(Sports/Baseball; SEL: Parenting; Father/Daughter; Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [13+]

War of the Buttons

Using Characterization in Literary Analysis

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

When a Man Loves a Woman

(Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Romantic Relationships; Marriage; Parenting; Father/daughter; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: U.S./1991 – present) [13+]

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+