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Walkout Movie Lesson Plan


  • This resource is a downloadable PDF
  • Ideal for Grades 9-12
  • Perfect for Language Arts, Social Studies, Life Skills, Character Education, or Leadership classes
  • Aligned to Common Core State Standards
  • Activities designed to help students meet Social & Emotional Learning Competencies

Walkout Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers expose students to Mexican-American culture and history while showing them the benefits and risks of standing up for what they believe in.

Using Walkout Movie Lesson Plan, students will learn about Chicano students in East Los Angeles in 1968 who staged walkouts at their high schools in order to protest unfair and subpar conditions. Under the guidance of one of their teachers, Paula Crisostomo and other students worked to organize their voices so they could make a stand and be heard.

But going against established authority always has costs. The students discovered how much organization they needed, that they needed to be prepared for many contingencies, and that those in authority will not always tell the truth to the public so they can control the narrative. After a series of walkouts, which saw both success and violence, the students were able to bring attention to many facets of their education that needed improvement.

Walkout Movie Lesson Plan teaches us that doing the right thing is not always easy. And there will always be fear and obstacles while trying to stand up for what we believe in. But if we are willing to persevere and live by our principles we will be able to make a difference, not only in our own time but for generations to come.

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie Walkout, which has a rating of PG-13 and a run time of 2 hours.


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 Walkout 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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