When the Game Stands Tall Lesson Plan

Grade Levels
8th - 11th
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When the Game Stands Tall Lesson Plan helps teachers show students what it truly means to be a winner, the importance of teamwork, and how it takes commitment to reach our full potential.

After completing the activities in When the Game Stands Tall Lesson Plan, students will have a greater understanding of the fundamentals of growing character skills, rising above, and enjoying the journey.

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Everyone wants to win. But sometimes our focus on the outcome, and how it creates our identity, causes us to break.

Competition in sports exposes the character we possess and give us an opportunity to strengthen that character. When the Game Stands Tall tells the true story of the De La Salle high school football team in California and its 151 game winning streak.

When the Game Stands Tall Lesson Plan helps students focus on the role of leadership on a team, the struggles of being a teenager, parent-child relationships, and living by principles. There are many lessons to learn from this truly inspirational story!

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie When the Game Stands Tall, which has a rating of PG and a run time of 1 hour and 55 minutes.

Each of our Leadership at the Movies lesson plans includes the following activities:

Reflection: allows students to journal about one of the movie's themes prior to watching.

Analysis: questions and prompts to analyze the characters, plot, and climax of the movie.

Practice & Discussion: a partner/group activity that takes the principles of the movie and asks students to take action and grow in their own lives.

Extension: a RAFT (Role-Audience-Format-Topic) writing prompt to help students apply their new knowledge.

Lead for Impact: challenges students to pinpoint how the hero of the story exhibited The 12 Fundamentals of Impact and then synthesize how they can apply the lessons to writing their own story.

WARNING: This is a DEEP LEARNING lesson plan to help students employ a LEADERSHIP approach to SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING.

These activities are designed to help students meet the following Social & Emotional Learning Competencies as outlined by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL):

⭐ Develop SELF-AWARENESS and SELF-MANAGEMENT skills to achieve school and life success.

⭐ Use SOCIAL-AWARENESS and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS.

⭐ Demonstrate DECISION-MAKING skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.

The activities in When the Game Stands Tall Movie Lesson Plan will challenge students to move closer to mastery in the following skills: leadership, cooperation with others, creativity, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, problem solving, and judgment and decision making.

⚠This is a DIGITAL ACTIVITY which allows teachers to assign the work through Google classroom via TpT Easel and students enter their responses digitally.

⚠Teachers may also DOWNLOAD the PDF and distribute copies to students.

When the Game Stands Tall Lesson Plan is also part of the following bundles:

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Total Pages
12 pages
Answer Key
Not Included
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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