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Whale Rider and SEL: A Movie Guide and Lesson Plan for Your Classroom

Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan


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In middle school, students begin their exploration of identity in earnest, and they often feel the pressures of increased expectations. They're also in the intense, early stages of transition between child and young adult—as middle school teachers know firsthand! While the movie Whale Rider  is set in New Zealand and reflects Māori traditions and culture, it's relatable to kids everywhere. The film connects with universal themes of adolescence, and tackles topics like loss, courage, self-worth, and community.



Whale Rider and SEL_ A Movie Guide and Lesson Plan for Your Classroom for SML.pdf

Lesson Plan
November 19, 2021
4.0 MB
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