Lesson Plans

YMI's educational outreach programs tap into popular culture to create a dynamic learning experience. Browse by subject through our library of free study guides and online resources, to find standards-based lesson plans for your grade level and programs for learners outside the classroom.

Language Arts

Alpha & Omega

Elementary (1-4)

Join two unlikely friends (who happen to be wolves) on an adventure-filled trek across the great Northwest with this study guide to the film Alpha…

Elementary (1-3)

Let the zany animal stars of The Twisted Whiskers Show teach your students that writing can be fun — when you add a creative twist!…

Flipped

Summer Programs (Age 10-14)

Build friendships and boost fitness with this summer activity guide to the Rob Reiner film Flipped, based on the acclaimed novel by Wendelin Van Draanen….

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Summer Programs (Age 5-10)

Build teamwork with activities based on the unlikely alliance behind the hit film, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Kids debate which makes…

High School & Public Libraries

Enrich discussion of a contemporary classic with these study guides to Peter Jackson’s film, The Lovely Bones, based on the novel by Alice Sebold. The…

Elementary (K-8)

Unleash the power of imagination with this field trip guide to the hit Broadway musical, The Lion King. Includes activity ideas for hands-on lessons in…

Elementary (K-8)

Share the magic of Mary Poppins with this field-trip guide to the hit Broadway musical. Includes activity ideas for hands-on lessons in language arts, social…

Summer Programs (Age 7-12)

What would happen if everyone’s wishes came true? Find out with this viewer’s guide to Shorts, the award-winning film by Robert Rodriguez. Kids explore a…

Middle & High School

Help students discover how filmmakers communicate a point of view with this bilingual study guide presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences….

Gifted Hands

Elementary (3-6)

Build self-confidence with this study guide based on the true story of Dr. Ben Carson, an African American whose talents and determination carried him from…

Elementary (K-3)

Reinforce language arts skills with these end-of-the-school-year activities using Post-It Notes, crayons, tape, and glue. Includes take-home activities to keep the learning fun going all…

Veggie Tales: The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything

Preschool & Elementary

Join the VeggieTales characters as they learn what it means to be a hero in this study guide to the film The Pirates Who Don’t…

High School & College

Bring Beowulf to life with lessons on the historical background, characters, and themes of this epic story, now told onscreen. Students explore the family dynamics…

Grade 3 - College

Help students of all ages recognize the risks they can face online and learn the rules for responsible online behavior with this comprehensive program on…

High School

Enter the world of Jane Austen with this study guide to the award-winning film inspired by an episode from her early life. Students explore Hollywood’s…

Elementary (4-6)

Let Shrek and his friends teach your students about character, plot, and setting with this language arts program based on the third installment of the…

Elementary (1-4)

Add some elfin magic to your class plans with the holiday classic, Elf, starring Will Farrell as Buddy, a human raised as an elf who…

Middle School

Bring the history of golf to life with this language arts program based on the film The Greatest Game Ever Played — the true story…

Middle & High School

A much-loved classic comes to life with this study guide to Roman Polanski’s film based on the Charles Dickens novel. Students explore how the story’s…

Shattered Glass

High School & College

The story of Stephen Glass, denounced for journalistic fraud in 1998, sets the stage for debate on editorial practices and ethical standards in this study…

Mark Twain

High School & Public Libraries

Bring America’s most beloved storyteller to life with these study guides based on the Ken Burns documentary Mark Twain. The high school program invites students…

The Last September

Libraries & Senior Centers

Explore the hopes and fears that shadow love in troubled times with this discussion guide based on the film version of Elizabeth Bowen’s classic, The…