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.

12 Angry Men (Jury deliberations and due process - U.S./1945 - 1991 & The Law; SEL: Justice; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Fairness; Respect; Citizenship) [11+]

All The King's Men (political corruption - U.S./1913 - 1941, Politics & Louisiana; Literature/U.S.; SEL Ambition; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Fairness) [13+]

All the President's Men (the Press, political corruption - U.S./1945 - 1991 & Politics; SEL: Courage; Teamwork; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Fairness; Citizenship) [12+]

American Violet (U.S. 1991 - Present; Civics; Plea Bargaining; Snippet: Film Clips: First 31 minutes of the film; Lesson: one and one-half 45 - 55 minute class periods [13+]

Amistad (three branches of government; due process - U.S./1812 - 1860 & Diversity; SEL: Justice; Courage; Rebellion; Human Rights; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Citizenship) [14+]

Billy Budd (Literature/U.S. & Literary Devices: theme, characterization & irony; World/Britain; Seafaring; SEL: Justice; Leadership; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Fairness) [14+]

The Birth of the Constitution (Origins of U.S. Democracy - Smithsonian and Presidency (the Presidency) -- Short Subject -- from the series "This is America Charlie Brown" (U.S./Creating the Nation; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Citizenship) [9 - 12; 24 minutes]

The Crucible (due process; Red Scare of the 1950s - U.S./1629 - 1750, 1945-1991 & Massachusetts; Drama/U.S.; SEL: Justice; Marriage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Fairness) (Two versions, one in French with English Subtitles) [12+]

Gandhi (Civil Rights Movement; non-violent mass action as a source of social change - Biography; World/India, South Africa, England & 1800s - Cold War Era; U.S./Diversity; Religions; SEL: Rebellion; Peace/Peacemakers; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; Citizenship) [10+]

Ghosts of Mississippi (Civil Rights Movement; Due Process; the Court system - U.S./1945 - Present, Diversity, the Law & Mississippi; SEL: Courage; Justice; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Responsibility; Citizenship) [12+]

Inherit the Wind (Court System and Individual Rights - Cinema; U.S./1913 - 1929 & Tennessee; Cinema; SEL: None; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [12+]


The Insider (the Court system, Due Process - U.S./1991 - present, the Law and the Press; SEL: Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Families in Crisis, Marriage, Crime, Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Citizenship) [13+]

Iron Jawed Angels (Women's Suffrage; non-violent mass action as a source of social change - U.S. 1913 - 1929; SEL: Human Rights; Courage; Leadership; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Fairness) [11+]

Judgment at Nuremberg (international law - U.S./1941 - 1945, The Law; World/WW II; SEL: Justice; Human Rights, Male Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect, Responsibility Fairness) [10+]

The Ox-Bow Incident (Due Process - U.S./The Frontier and the West; 1865 - 1913; The Law; & Nevada; SEL: Justice; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Fairness) [12+]

The Paw Project (Lesson Plan in Civics and American Government: CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY; U.S./Politics & California; SEL: Caring for AnImals; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [13+]

Selma ( U.S.: 1945-1991; Civil Rights Movement; Civics; SEL: Leadership; Courage; Human Rights; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Fairness, Citizenship) [12+]

Snippet Lesson Plan on the Civil Rights Movement - The Nashville Sit-ins (Civil Rights Movement; non-violent mass action as a source of social change); 1960

Stand and Deliver (burden of proof in criminal, civil and non-governmental proceedings; Due Process - U.S./1941 - 1996, Diversity & California; Mathematics; ELA; SEL: Male Role Model; Self-esteem; Education; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Citizenship) [12+; Literary devices analyzed: character, symbols, subplot, foils and irony]

To Kill A Mockingbird (Due Process - For Love or Country (human rights of artists) (U.S./1929 - 1941, the Law & Diversity; Literature/U.S. & Literary Devices; SEL: Justice; Male Role Model; Courage; Mental Illness; Parenting; Disabilities; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; Citizenship) [11+; Literary devices analyzed: symbol; flashback; irony; humor]

Whistleblowers — A Unit on National Security Whistleblowers featuring a choice of four films: Citizenfour; War on Whistleblowers, Silenced, and The Most Dangerous Man in America (U.S. 1945 - Current & the Press; the Law; Civics; SEL: Courage; Moral-Ethical Responsibility; Citizenship) [13+]