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42 Movie Lesson Plan


  • This resource is a downloadable PDF
  • Ideal for Grades 8-12
  • Perfect for Sports Teams, US History, Life Skills, Character Education, or Leadership classes
  • Aligned to Common Core State Standards
  • Activities designed to help students meet Social & Emotional Learning Competencies

42 Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers use the shining example of Jackie Robinson to study racism at both the society and the individual level in their classrooms.

After completing 42 Movie Lesson Plan, students will have a better understanding of what it means to rise above, be a lighthouse, and know their integrity.

42 shows the emotions and character of Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey, and other teammates and opponents of Robinson. We see the depth of the emotional and spiritual pain that Jackie Robinson felt in order to conquer this amazing feat.

Jackie Robinson is a hero for breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. But we all have the potential to be a hero in our own way. We just need to display the courage we have inside in the midst of life’s storms.

42 Movie Lesson Plan is an excellent opportunity to teach about the cultural and social history of the United States as well character education and life skills that are still relevant in today’s society.

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie 42, which has a rating of PG-13 (thematic elements including language) and a run time of 2 hours and 8 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 42 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.


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