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Friday Night Lights Movie Lesson Plan


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

Friday Night Lights Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers highlight the benefits and consequences of a strong desire for success in high school sports.

After completing Friday Night Lights Movie Lesson Plan, students will increase their knowledge in seeking excellence, living by principles, and focusing on fulfillment.

Friday Night Lights is the story of the Odessa-Permian High School football team and their journey to the Texas state championship game. The movie exposes the many facets of high school sports and how the game impacts the lives of everyone involved.

Football is life is the mentality in many communities across our country. And it’s not just football. Many sports bring a fever to the people involved at all levels.

Sports can bring great pride to a community…but does it come at a cost?

Friday Night Lights Movie Lesson Plan is a great resource to start a discussion on the role of high school sports in our society. In addition, it helps students dive into the topic of the pressures they face both on and off the field.

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie Friday Night Lights, which has a rating of PG-13 for thematic issues, sexual content, language, and some teen drinking and a run time of 1 hour and 58 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 Friday Night Lights 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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