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Overcomer Movie Lesson Plan


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

Overcomer Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers use this inspiring story to help students tackle the important question: “What is your identity?”

After completing Overcomer Movie Lesson Plan, students will gain a greater understanding of having a vision, being a lighthouse, and knowing their integrity.

Are you living life on autopilot and simply reacting to the world around you? Or do you relentlessly search for who you are?

Coach John Harrison started to lose his basketball team as his town’s manufacturing plant closed and enrollment at Brookside Christian School dropped. He found himself in a new role as the school’s cross country coach and things didn’t look promising when his team consisted of one girl with asthma. But John discovered people and situations are placed in our lives for a reason. He not only helped his runner, Hannah, become a better runner, but he helped her heal old wounds and learn how to run the race of life.

Overcomer Movie Lesson Plan helps students learn a great message of how our faith can give meaning to anything we experience in life.

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie Overcomer, which has a rating of PG and a run time of 1 hour and 59 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 Overcomer 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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