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Pride 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

Pride Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers share the story of Jim Ellis, a swimming coaching in 1970’s Philadelphia who helped a group of teenagers build pride, determination, and resilience in themselves.

After completing Pride Movie Lesson Plan, students will gain understanding in seeking excellence, rising above, and leading by serving.

Jim Ellis needed a job and several local teenagers needed something productive to do to keep them off the streets. Ellis turned a dilapidated recreation center with a pool into a haven for kids to push themselves to their full potential by teaching them how to swim competitively.

Jim and the kids faced racism, gang influence, and the worst obstacle of all, a lack of pride in themselves, to show they truly had what it took to be champions.

Pride Movie Lesson Plan teaches us that the most important thing we can do to help us achieve results is building the character necessary to keep us moving forward no matter whether we win or lose.

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie Pride, which has a rating of PG and a run time of 1 hour and 44 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 Pride 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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