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McFarland USA Companion Activities

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Is your life already mapped out for you based on your environment and family?

Is it possible to do something unexpected and write your own story?

McFarland USA chronicles the inspiring true story of Jim White who arrived in California's Central Valley with a checkered coaching past. White sees running potential in a group of boys who also worked in the fields when not in school. White discovered he must mentor the boys to believe in themselves if they were ever going to reach their potential on the cross country course and take control of destiny in their own lives.

McFarland USA Companion Activities highlights the importance of compassion and understanding when learning about people from different cultures. It also reveals that, in the end, we all want and need the same things.

In order to complete these activities students will need to watch the movie McFarland USA, which has a rating of PG and a run time of 2 hours and 9 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.

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