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Miracle Movie Lesson Plan


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  • This resource is a downloadable PDF
  • Ideal for Grades 6-12
  • Perfect for Sports Teams, History, Life Skills, Character Education, or Leadership classes
  • Aligned to Common Core State Standards
  • Activities designed to help students meet Social & Emotional Learning Competencies

Miracle Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers share with their students the unforgettable underdog story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team and their journey to win the gold medal.

After completing Miracle Movie Lesson Plan, students will gain greater clarity in what it means to have a vision, seek excellence, and overcome obstacles.

Is the team more important than individual glory?

Can team chemistry help a group achieve something which seems impossible?

Miracle portrays one of the most iconic moments in United States sports history as the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team defeated the Soviet Union to win the gold medal. Coach Herb Brooks brought a new style to the team that eventually helped unite them as they represented not just themselves, but an entire country.

Miracle Movie Lesson Plan helps students learn what it means to play for the name on the front of the jersey rather than the back of it.

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie Miracle, which has a rating of PG and a run time of 2 hours and 16 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 Miracle 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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