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Million Dollar Arm Movie Lesson Plan


  • This resource is a downloadable PDF
  • Ideal for Grades 6-12
  • 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

Million Dollar Arm Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers share this heart-warming true story with their students to show them the power of human connection.

After completing Million Dollar Arm Movie Lesson Plan, students will gain clarity and understanding in pursuing their dreams, rising above, and enjoying the journey.

Million Dollar Arm tells the story of how Bernstein traveled to India to find cricket players who he could turn into Major League Baseball pitchers. When he brought back two prospects to the United States, he took on a bigger responsibility than he was ready for. Just when success appeared to be on the horizon, things started to fall apart for JB…in his career and his personal life.

Million Dollar Arm Movie Lesson Plan guides students to see how, eventually, JB discovered the power of human connection, which can transcend cultural barriers and help us discover fulfillment in our lives.

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie Million Dollar Arm, which has a rating of PG and a run time of 2 hours and 4 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 Million Dollar Arm 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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