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

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Subject Digital Literacy and Citizenship, Social Emotional Learning
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.


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