Social-Emotional Learning Index


Create Lesson Plans About Surviving Using Movies

127 Hours

(English Language Arts; SEL: Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [14+]

Anne B. Real

(Breaking Out; Coming of Age; Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Courage; Crime; Education; Families in Crisis; Surviving; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: U.S./1991 – present and New York) [12+]

The Black Stallion

(Caring for Animals; Surviving; Grieving; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Sports/Horse Racing) [8+]


(Health; Medicine; Science-Technology; U.S. 1991 – present; World/Asia; SEL: Courage; Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [13+]


(Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: The Environmentment) [13+]

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+]

Europa! Europa!

(Human Rights; Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Subjects: World/Germany & WWII) [13+] (In German & Russian with English Subtitles)

Grave of the Fireflies

(U.S./1941 – 1991; World/WW-II and Japan; Cinema; SEL: Human Rights; Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [13+]

The Joy Luck Club

(Mother/Daughter/ Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: U.S./1945 – 1991, Diversity & California; World/China) [14+]

Just Mercy

(Drama/England; World/Ancient Rome; SEL: Ambition; Rebellion; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [12+]

A Life on our Planet

(The Environment; SEL: Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [9+]

Lord of the Flies

(Peer Pressure; Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: ELA; U.S./1945 -1991) [13+; Literary devices analyzed: symbol, character development, theme, irony.]

Modern Times

(Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring; Subjects: Cinema; U.S./1929-1941) [8+]

The Odyssey

(Humility; Surviving; Marriage; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Subjects: World/Ancient Greece; Mythology; Literature & Literary Devices; Seafaring [14+ for the movie; 11+ for the book. Literary devices analyzed: simile, metaphor, flashback; symbol]

Roots Vol. II

(Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: U.S./1629 – 1750 & Diversity) [12+]

Roots Vol. III

(Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: U.S. 1750 – 1812 & Diversity) [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+]

The Swiss Family Robinson

(Families in Crisis; Brothers; Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: General; Subjects: Literature/England; Science-Technology; World/Indonesia) [6 – 12]

To Live

(Grieving; Surviving; Gambling Addiction; Ethical Emphasis: Fairness; Subjects: World/China) (In Chinese with English subtitles.)

The Tuskegee Airmen

(Courage; Courage in War; Friendship; Self-esteem; Grieving; Suicide; Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility; Subjects: Aviation; U.S./1941 – 1945, Diversity & Alabama) [10+]

The Year Earth Changed

(The Environment; SEL: Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [8+]