The Blind Side Movie Lesson Plan
- This resource is a downloadable PDF
- Ideal for Grades 8-12
- 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
The Blind Side Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers show their students what it means to step outside of their comfort zones and give to others.
By utilizing The Blind Side Movie Lesson Plan, students will learn the value of growing character skills, leading by serving, and focusing on fulfillment.
Have you ever had someone go out of their way to show you generosity…but then you started to question what their motivation was for helping you?
Michael Oher had the potential to be a professional football player, but he didn’t have a home or a real family. That is until Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy came into his life. At the urging of Leigh Anne, Michael became part of their family and received the help he needed to improve his grades so he could accept a Division I football scholarship.
But the NCAA questioned the legality of the Tuohy’s kindness and Michael needed to determine if the intentions of his new family were genuine.
The Blind Side Movie Lesson Plan teaches us that being generous to others and doing the right thing is not always so simple. The judgments and perceptions of people can make our actions of caring and compassion become quite complicated. Yet, we must listen to our hearts so we don’t miss out on a chance to truly make a difference in the lives of others.
In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie The Blind Side, which has a rating of PG-13 (brief violence, drug and sexual references) and a run time of 2 hours and 9 minutes.
Each of our 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 The Blind Side 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.