7th Grade Character Video Series math

teamwork: Remember the Titans

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Make Sure They Remember:

Based on a remarkable true story, Remember the Titans follows the

explosive and dramatic events that took place in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971. African-

American football coach, Herman Boone, is hired to guide an integrated, but racially

polarized, high school team – the T.C. Williams Titans. Angry, stubborn and a rigid

taskmaster, Boone faces an icy reception from the team’s players as well as an

awkward reception from Assistant Coach Bill Yoast. Yoast is a local white coach (with

seniority and a history of winning) who was bypassed, in favor of Boone, for the top job.

In this clip, Assistant Coach Yoast summons up the courage to confront – face-to-face

– the game officials for their unfair and racist calls against his team. He also

challenges the team to rise above this injustice and play like the Titans that they are.

Based on a remarkable true story, Remember the Titans follows the

explosive and dramatic events that took place in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971. African-

American football coach, Herman Boone, is hired to guide an integrated, but racially

polarized, high school team – the T.C. Williams Titans. Angry, stubborn and a rigid

taskmaster, Boone faces an icy reception from the team’s players as well as an

awkward reception from Assistant Coach Bill Yoast. Yoast is a local white coach (with

seniority and a history of winning) who was bypassed, in favor of Boone, for the top job.

In this clip, Coach Boone presents the challenges required to qualify for the team.

 

 

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Attitude Reflects Leadership:

Based on a remarkable true story, Remember the Titans follows the

explosive and dramatic events that took place in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971. African-

American football coach, Herman Boone, is hired to guide an integrated, but racially

polarized, high school team – the T.C. Williams Titans. Angry, stubborn and a rigid

taskmaster, Boone faces an icy reception from the team’s players as well as an

awkward reception from Assistant Coach Bill Yoast. Yoast is a local white coach (with

seniority and a history of winning) who was bypassed, in favor of Boone, for the top job.

In this clip, two team members -- one black, one white – have a “frank” discussion

about leadership.

 

Based on a remarkable true story, Remember the Titans follows the

explosive and dramatic events that took place in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971. African-

American football coach, Herman Boone, is hired to guide an integrated, but racially

polarized, high school team – the T.C. Williams Titans. Angry, stubborn and a rigid

taskmaster, Boone faces an icy reception from the team’s players as well as an

awkward reception from Assistant Coach Bill Yoast. Yoast is a local white coach (with

seniority and a history of winning) who was bypassed, in favor of Boone, for the top job.

In this clip, Coach Boone outlines the challenges of playing as a truly integrated football

team.

 

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He's Better:

Based on a remarkable true story, Remember the Titans follows the

explosive and dramatic events that took place in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971. African-

American football coach, Herman Boone, is hired to guide an integrated, but racially

polarized, high school team – the T.C. Williams Titans. Angry, stubborn and a rigid

taskmaster, Boone faces an icy reception from the team’s players as well as an

awkward reception from Assistant Coach Bill Yoast. Yoast is a local white coach (with

seniority and a history of winning) who was bypassed, in favor of Boone, for the top job.

In this clip, a player asks Coach Yoast to replace him with another player who has an

attitude but is better than he is.

 

 

pride
The Ant Bully (Day 4)
 

Liar Liar: White Lies

Cool Running's: Winning at All Costs

Akeelah has a gift. She can spell better than anyone she knows in her neighborhood in south central Los Angeles. Working against the odds, she works hard with her coach to prepare for the National Spelling Bee. But when she makes it all the way to the final round, she overhears a heated conversation between her rival and his father. Akeelah decides to lose on purpose in order to let her rival win…and, in her mind, win the affection of his father. But is this right?

 
EQ:

Discuss:

Choice:

 

Napoleon Dynamite: Seeking Self- Esteem

The Rookie: A Matter of Pride

  Theme: Taking Pride In Your Vision
Film: Star Trek: First Contact
(PG-13) 1:39

 

He once had dreams of being a major league baseball player, but that was a long time ago. Now, he is a coach for the local school team.The crew of the Enterprise have traveled back in time from the 24th century to make sure that a pivotal moment in their history occurs, the warp drive rocket launch that would lead to human’s first contact with aliens. The inventor of warp drive and captain of that crucial launch, Zephraim Cochrane, is destined to be a great hero… even if he says he wants nothing to do with that destiny.

   

Honor

War Games: Piracy

01 It's a Wonderful Life: Responsibility

David is a computer hacker who has no problem using his online skills to change his grades. And he doesn’t stop there: In order to impress his new girlfriend Jennifer, David decides to change her biology grade from an "F" to a "C." When Jennifer makes it clear that she does not want to be involved in something this dangerous, David assures her that no one will ever know. But does that make it right?  

The Great Depression was a very scary time for people throughout the country. Many people lost their jobs and had no money. Only a few managed to stay on top of everything during these grim years, while others panicked. In this scene from one of the most popular movies of all time, George Bailey, owner of the local Building Savings and Loan, has just gotten married and is about to use the money he has saved for years to take his bride on a big honeymoon… until he sees a crowd gathered outside his office, a crowd that is scared and desperate.

EQ:

Would you change your grade if you knew you wouldn’t get caught?

Discuss:

Choice

The internet makes it easier to do research and write papers, but also makes it easier to skip a lot of work. When do you cross the line by copying material from the internet? When does it become cheating?

EQ:

Do businesses and customers have responsibilities to each other?

Discuss:

 

Choice

In the movie, George always put others before himself. Some people say it is important to take care of yourself first. Should he have used his own money that he had been saving for his honeymoon?

 


It is what you do that defines you.  Good intentions verse action.
 
   
   

Vision

The Truman Show: Epiphany

03 Coach Carter: Looking Ahead

 

A former basketball star is asked to coach a team where the players do not believe they need to be disciplined students. As the story focuses on the

backgrounds and struggles of each of the players, we see the powerful influence one

person can have on the lives of others if that person can help them face their fears and

move forward.

 


EQ:

Discuss:

Choice

Try to put yourself in the place of the characters, one at a time:

What does it feel like to be the coach, wanting to inspire and motivate his players?

What does it feel like to be the player who says, “My father is in jail, sir”?

What does it feel like to be one of the players, challenged by their coach, to dream

bigger than their experience?

 

The Great Outdoors: Perspective

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: Gone Before

Everything seems to go wrong for two brothers-in-law as they take their

families on a joint vacation, only to end up constantly battling each other. Even in a

quiet moment on the porch, they see two very different views of the same beautiful lake

and forest before them.

 

Captain Kirk reflects on his final voyage as the Enterprise sails off into the unknown future.

 

EQ:

Discuss:

Choice

Try to put yourself in the place of the characters, one at a time:

What does it feel like to be the first brother-in-law speaking, reminiscing about all the

memories associated with the lake house vacation?

What does it feel like to be the second one, who recites all the possible business

opportunities he sees instead of what is before him?

Why do they see such different things, taking in the same view from the same porch?

 
EQ:

Discuss:

Choice

Try to put yourself in the place of the characters, one at a time:

What does it feel like to be Captain Kirk, reflecting on his final voyage?

 

Forgiveness

Billy Madison: Asking for Forgiveness

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: When Anger Holds You Back

He may be too big to fit in the desk, but that is the least of Billy Madison’s problems as he is forced to go back to high school years later to earn his rich father’s respect. After being laughed at by his fellow students, Billy is reminded that he used to do the same thing to others. Going back and seeking forgiveness may be the most important lesson he has to learn.

 

The crews of the Enterprise and Excelsior must stop a plot to prevent a peace treaty between the Klingon Empire and the Federation. Among other obstacles to the success of this mission is that Captain Kirk, the person in charge of getting the

Chancellor of the Klingon High Council to the peace summit, holds a deadly grudge against all Klingons.

 

EQ:

Discuss:

Choice

Describe the characters in the clip. What does each of them want?

What is the setting?

 
EQ:

Discuss:

Choice

Try to put yourself in the place of the characters, one at a time:

What does it feel like to be Captain Kirk, holding a deadly grudge against all Klingons?

What does it feel like to be a member of the crew of the Enterprise or the Excelsior,

trying to stop a plot to prevent a peace treaty, knowing of Captain Kirk’s grudge?

 

Antwone Fisher: Healing

Kicking & Screaming: Humility

A young sailor, Antwone Fisher, is full of rage and resentment until a

military counselor comes into his life and challenges him not only to deal with his anger

and hurt, but also to search for his roots.

 

A normally mild-mannered dad agrees to coach his son’s soccer team,

only to end up in a bitter competition against another team coached by his own toughas-

nails father. In his quest to win at all costs, he ends up taking his own young son off

the field and putting him on the bench.

 

EQ:

Discuss:

Choice

Try to put yourself in the place of the characters, one at a time:

What does it feel like to be Antwone Fisher, as he recites the poem he wrote?

What does it feel like to be the military counselor, helping Antwone to face his anger?

Go through the poem (words below under Quotes) line by line and talk about the

meaning.

 
EQ:

Discuss:

Choice

What is the setting?

Try to put yourself in the place of the characters, one at a time:

What does it feel like to be the dad, realizing he messed up, and apologizing to his

son?

What does it feel like to be the son, listening to his dad’s apology?

What is the significance of this apology from a father to a son?

What does it feel like to be the dad, hearing his son accepts his apology?

 
   
   

Empathy

Bringing Down the House: When It's Hard to Listen

The Incredibles: The Price of Empathy

 

As an insurance adjuster, Bob Parr shows mercy to a distressed policyholder. His boss

warns Bob not to be too generous.

 

  EQ:

Discuss:

Choice

Describe the characters in the clip. What does each of them want?

What is the setting?

Try to put yourself in the place of the characters, one at a time:

What does it feel like to be Bob, the retired superhero now working for some social

service agency, having to say over and over gain, “I’d like to help, but there’s nothing I

can do”?

What does it feel like to be the old woman, explaining, “I’m on a fixed income, and if

you can’t help me, I don’t know what I will do”?

What does it feel like to be the boss, yelling at Bob for writing checks to everyone who

calls?

 

Teen Wolf: Caring for Others

Bridge to Terabithia: Reaching Out to Others

 

On the school bus, Leslie explains to Jesse how she made friends with their tormentor

by empathizing with her.

 

  EQ:

Discuss:

Choice

Describe the characters in the clip. What does each of them want?

What is the setting?

Try to put yourself in the place of the characters, one at a time:

What does it feel like to be the girl getting on the school bus, as the boy jumps up and

changes seats to get away from her?

What do you see in her face?

What does it feel like to be Jess or the boy with her, watching what happens to the girl

on the bus, and then later talking about her?

A definition of grace is “courteous goodwill”. How was Jess an agent of courteous

goodwill to the girl on the bus?

 
   
   

Making a difference: Pay it forward

 

Social Studies teacher Eugene Simonet gives his class an assignment:

what you don’t like. Mr. Simonet’s student, Trevor

McKinney comes up with a concept for changing the world: “Pay It Forward.”

Trevor conjures the notion of paying a favor not back, but forward--repaying good

deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people. But can.

 

 

   
Something Big:

Social Studies teacher Eugene Simonet gives his class an assignment:

“Think of an idea to change our world – and put it into action.” His student, Trevor

McKinney, comes up with a concept for changing the world: repaying good deeds, not

with payback, but with good deeds done to three new people, i.e., “paying it forward.”

In this clip, Trevor explains his plan and receives mixed reactions from his classmates

and a vote of confidence from his teacher.