Create Lesson Plans Relating to Cinema and Film

Suggested ages are in brackets at the end of each entry. Topics relating to Social Emotional Learning appear after the term "SEL." Moral-Ethical Emphasis is a reference to Character Counts' Six Pillars of Character.

A.    Films of Significance

Camille (Cinema; Drama; World/France; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [12+]

Gone With the Wind (U.S./1860 - 1865 & Georgia; SEL: Female Role Models (Melanie and Mammy, not Scarlet); Moral-Ethical Emphasis: General) [12+]

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

High Noon for American History and Civics Classes (U.S./The Frontier & the West, 1865 - 1913 and 1945 - 1991 (the Red Scare); Cinema; SEL: Marriage; Leadership; Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [11+]

High Noon for ELA Classes (Literature/Myths of the Western genre; Literary devices: symbol; motif; foil; and expository phase; SEL: Marriage; Leadership; Courage; Moral-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]

Inherit the Wind (Cinema; U.S./1913 - 1929, 1945 - 1991 & Tennessee; SEL: Justice; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [12+]

The Jazz Singer (Cinema; U.S./1913 - 1929, Diversity & New York; Music/Popular; SEL: Breaking Out; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring) [12+]

Modern Times (Cinema; U.S./1929-1941; SEL: Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring) [8+]

 

On The Waterfront (U.S./1945 - 1991 & New York; Cinema; SEL: Redemption, Breaking Out; Brothers; Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [12+]

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

The Shootist (U.S./1865 - 1913; Literature/Myths of the Western Genre; Literary Devices: theme & characterization; Cinema; SEL: Coming of Age; Illness (Serious); Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring) [14+]

Show Boat (U.S./1865 - 1913 & Diversity; Cinema; Drama/Musicals; Dance/Performance; SEL: Marriage; Romantic Relationships; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Gambling Addiction; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [11+]

The Wizard of Oz — Primary (Cinema; Drama/Musicals; U.S./1865-1913; SEL: Self-esteem; Friendship; Taking Care of Yourself; Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring) [5+]

The Wizard of Oz — Secondary (Cinema; Drama/Musicals; U.S./1865-1913; SEL: Self-esteem; Friendship; Taking Care of Yourself; Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring) [12+]

The Wizard of Oz - Hero's Journey (This hero's journey lesson can be used (1) to confirm and extend students' prior knowledge of the Monomyth or (2) as a summative assessment.) [12+]



B.    Films About Moviemakers

Edison: The Wizard of Light    (Science-Technology; U.S./1865 - 1929; Cinema; Biography; SEL: Talent; Disabilities; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Citizenship) [8 - 13]

 


The suggested age range appears in brackets at the end of each entry. Topics relating to Social and Emotional Learning appear after the term "SEL". "Moral-Ethical Emphasis" is a reference to Character Counts' Six Pillars of Character.