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Cool Runnings Companion Activities

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The allure of being the best in the world and being showered with fame appeals to many of us.

But what is the real value of a gold medal?

Cool Runnings is the true story of the underdog bobsled team from Jamaica who participated in the Winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988. Comprised of sprinters who failed to qualify for the Summer Olympics and led by a washed-up American coach, this extraordinary group of men defy the odds and, in the process, learn what it really means to be champions.

Cool Runnings Companion Activities helps students see that winning a medal is a hollow victory when you don't do the right thing, respect your competitors, and respect yourself.

In order to complete these activities students will need to watch the movie Cool Runnings, which has a rating of PG and a run time of 1 hour and 38 minutes.


WARNING: This is a DEEP LEARNING lesson plan to help students employ a LEADERSHIP approach to SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING.

The activities in this lesson 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.

Each of our Companion Activities 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 Success and then synthesize how they can apply the lessons to writing their own story.

This product is also part of the following bundles:
Building Champions: Mega Bundle Access to ALL our Movie Companion Activities


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