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Unbroken Path to Redemption Movie Lesson Plan


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

Unbroken Path to Redemption Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers show their students the second half of Louis Zamperini’s story and how his surrender to God allowed him to become the person he was created to be.

After completing Unbroken Path to Redemption Movie Lesson Plan, students will have a greater understanding of rising above, living by principles, and focusing on fulfillment.

Do you have something from your past which affects your mindset and behavior?

Is there a way for God to take your burdens and help you rise above them?

Louis Zamperini thought his worst days were behind him when he returned home after spending 3 years in Japanese prisoner of war camps during World War II. But he couldn’t shake the thoughts, feelings, and emotions about the abuse he suffered which continued to haunt him. Terrorized by nightmares of his attackers, Louis turned to alcohol to numb his pain and his desire for revenge nearly caused him to lose his family.

The movie Unbroken: Path to Redemption tells the second half of Louis Zamperini’s amazing story. Based on the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, it shows us how Zamperini was eventually saved when his wife took him to hear a young preacher named Billy Graham speak. Louis was transformed by God’s healing power and began to fulfill a promise he had made many years before: to serve God with the life he was given.

Unbroken Path to Redemption Movie Lesson Plan will help students learn the importance of surrendering our fears and worries to God and letting Him help us rise above our pain so we can forgive our enemies.

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie Unbroken: Path to Redemption, which has a rating of PG-13 (war violence including intense sequences of brutality, and for brief language) and a run time of 1 hour and 38 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 Path to Redemption 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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