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When the Game Stands Tall Movie Lesson Plan


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  • This resource is a downloadable PDF
  • Ideal for Grades 7-12
  • 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

When the Game Stands Tall Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers show students what it truly means to be a winner, the importance of teamwork, and how it takes commitment to reach our full potential.

After completing the activities in When the Game Stands Tall Movie Lesson Plan, students will have a greater understanding of the fundamentals of growing character skills, rising above, and enjoying the journey.

Everyone wants to win. But sometimes our focus on the outcome, and how it creates our identity, causes us to break.

Competition in sports exposes the character we possess and gives us an opportunity to strengthen that character. When the Game Stands Tall tells the true story of the De La Salle high school football team in California and its 151 game winning streak.

When the Game Stands Tall Movie Lesson Plan helps students focus on the role of leadership on a team, the struggles of being a teenager, parent-child relationships, and living by principles. There are many lessons to learn from this truly inspirational story!

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie When the Game Stands Tall, which has a rating of PG and a run time of 1 hour and 55 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 When the Game Stands Tall 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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