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Cast Away Movie Lesson Plan


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

Cast Away Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers present students with a scenario to help them examine whether they have the internal fortitude to survive being stranded on a deserted island.

After completing Cast Away Movie Lesson Plan, students will have a stronger understanding of growing character skills, rising above, and knowing their integrity.

Chuck Noland is obsessed with time as a FedEx executive. When his plane goes down and he is stranded on a remote Pacific Island, he must transform himself physically, mentally, and emotionally in order to survive. Cast Away is an emotionally gripping movie that focuses on the paradoxes of life that we only experience in extreme situations.

Cast Away Movie Lesson Plan guides students to consider what they would do if their character was tested in a similar situation and how they can find their motivation to live life to the fullest each day.

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie Cast Away, which has a rating of PG-13 (intense action sequences and some disturbing images) and a run time of 2 hours and 23 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 Cast Away 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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