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Blue Chips Movie Lesson Plan


  • This resource is a downloadable PDF
  • Ideal for Grades 9-12
  • Perfect for Sports Teams, Life Skills, Character Education, or Leadership classes
  • Aligned to Common Core State Standards
  • Activities designed to help students meet Social & Emotional Learning Competencies

Blue Chips Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers bring the following scenario to their students: how far are you willing to go in order to win?

After completing Blue Chips Movie Lesson Plan, students will have a greater understanding of seeking excellence, living by principles, and focusing on fulfillment.

We all want to win…and no one believes they will cheat to do it.

But when the stress to maintain our positions, status, and reputation lies in the scoreboard, we are faced with decisions that blur the line between right and wrong.

Blue Chips is a story about a college basketball coach facing the pressures to win or possibly lose his job. In a world of behind-the-scenes deals, Coach Pete Bell claims to have a clean program. But when the pressure mounts after two straight losing seasons, will he corrupt his program for a chance to win a national championship?

Blue Chips Movie Lesson Plan helps students identify the moral dilemmas facing players and coaches in the world of college athletics.

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie Blue Chips, which has a rating of PG-13 for language and a run time of 1 hour and 48 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 Blue Chips 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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