Jon Barth Leadership Logo

Helping students become
leaders who make an impact on the world

Unbroken Movie Lesson Plan


Categories , ,
  • This resource is a downloadable PDF
  • Ideal for Grades 8-12
  • Perfect for Language Arts, Psychology, Life Skills, Character Education, or Leadership classes
  • Aligned to Common Core State Standards
  • Activities designed to help students meet Social & Emotional Learning Competencies

Unbroken Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers bring the inspiring story of Louis Zamperini and his survival in a Japanese prisoner of war camp into their classrooms.

After completing Unbroken Movie Lesson Plan, students will have greater knowledge in rising above, overcoming obstacles, and living by principles.

Can you rise above the suffering and adversity you encounter in your life?

Will you draw a new perspective and new wisdom from your experiences?

Unbroken is the emotional story of Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini who was lost at sea when his plane went down during World War II. Eventually landing in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, Louis endured years of physical, mental, and emotional pain as one of the Japanese commanders isolated him for humiliation and punishment.

Unbroken Movie Lesson Plan helps us understand the horrors of war and the experiences that some humans are amazingly able to survive.

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie Unbroken, which has a rating of PG-13 (war violence including intense sequences of brutality, and for brief language) and a run time of 2 hours and 17 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 Unbroken 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.



Related Products

Leadership at the Movies Bundle

With school-wide access to lesson plans and teaching resources for over 75 movies, you can help your students strive to reach their full potential!