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Stand and Deliver Movie Lesson Plan


  • This resource is a downloadable PDF
  • Ideal for Grades 9-12
  • Perfect for Math, 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

Stand and Deliver Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers use the story of Jaime Escalante and his AP Calculus students to show what it means to strive for your full potential.

After completing Stand and Deliver Movie Lesson Plan, students will gain an understanding of seeking excellence, overcoming obstacles, and living by principles.

Jaime Escalante took a pay cut and started working more hours so he could try to make a difference in the lives of students at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. He saw potential in the Latino students that the other teachers in the school did not. At first, the students didn’t believe in themselves either, but Mr. Escalante continued to push them and show them they were capable of learning anything if they put enough time and effort into it.

But the students had to make a big decision about whether to retake the exam when the Educational Testing Service accused the students of cheating on the AP exam.

Stand and Deliver Movie Lesson Plan teaches us that we all have the ability to do much more than we give ourselves credit for. And when the right mentor comes along, they can help us achieve things we didn’t think were possible.

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie Stand and Deliver, which has a rating of PG and a run time of 1 hour and 43 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 Stand and Deliver 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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