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Glory Road Movie Lesson Plan


  • This resource is a downloadable PDF
  • Ideal for Grades 8-12
  • Perfect for Athletic 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

Glory Road Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers show the journey of the Texas Western Miners, a basketball team that made history by being the first to start an all African-American lineup in the NCAA championship game.

After completing Glory Road Movie Lesson Plan, students will have a better understanding of having a vision, rising above, and being a lighthouse.

Don Haskins broke stereotypes and racial barriers in the 1960’s when he built his Texas Western basketball team with the best players he could find…no matter their skin color. Glory Road shows how Haskins’ team faced mounting tension and pressure as winning games brought them into the spotlight. Both Coach Haskins and the players had to first learn how to win on the inside in order to make their winning on the court worth the struggle.

Glory Road Movie Lesson Plan helps students look inside themselves to discover how they view themselves as well as the perspectives they have toward others. This story is full of action, courage, and heart…exactly the things we need if we want to be a winner!

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie Glory Road, which has a rating of PG 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 Glory Road 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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