The Legend of Bagger Vance Movie Guide with Leadership Activities & Worksheets (2024)

The Legend of Bagger Vance Movie Guide is a complete lesson plan with discussion questions, writing activities, and leadership worksheets.

This resource helps teachers show their students that they should each be searching for their one true authentic swing.

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

Students will be encouraged to connect with the movie on a personal level and apply its themes to their own lives, fostering critical thinking, character growth, and leadership skills.


✳️ Time stamps

✳️ Answer Key

✳️ Additional questions to help students analyze the film

✳️ Google Form version

✳️ Fillable PDF version

The activities in The Legend of Bagger Vance Movie Guide will challenge

  1. leadership
  2. cooperation with others
  3. creativity
  4. critical thinking
  5. emotional intelligence
  6. problem-solving
  7. judgment and decision-making

What educators are saying:

"My students found this very helpful to use with the Movie in class!"

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Each of our Leadership at the Movies 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 Impact and then synthesize how they can apply the lessons to writing their own story.

⚠ This is a DIGITAL ACTIVITY, allowing teachers to assign the work through Google Classroom via TpT Easel and students digitally enter their responses.

⚠ A link to a GOOGLE FORM version of the resource is included as well.

⚠ Teachers may also DOWNLOAD the PDF and distribute copies to students.

⚠ In addition, a FILLABLE PDF is included for teachers to use as a digital assignment.

⚠ Includes TIME STAMPS to help teachers know when to pause the film if necessary.

⚠ An ANSWER KEY is included to help ensure students get the most out of the learning experience.

These activities are designed to help students meet the following Social & Emotional Learning Competencies as outlined by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL):

❇️ Develop SELF-AWARENESS and SELF-MANAGEMENT skills to achieve school and life success.

❇️ Use SOCIAL-AWARENESS and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS.

❇️ Demonstrate DECISION-MAKING skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.

Movie Synopsis

The Legend of Bagger Vance follows the story of Rannulph Junuh, a once-promising golfer whose career and life have been derailed by trauma experienced during World War I.

When Junuh returns to his hometown of Savannah, Georgia, he finds himself in desperate need of redemption. At the urging of his old flame, Adele Invergordon, and with the town facing economic hardship, Junuh agrees to participate in a high-stakes golf tournament. However, he struggles with his confidence and his ability to find his former skill on the course.

Enter Bagger Vance, a mysterious and enigmatic caddy who offers to help Junuh find his "authentic swing" and rediscover his love for the game. As Junuh learns valuable lessons about self-discovery, perseverance, and the power of belief, he begins to transform both as a golfer and as a man.

As the tournament progresses, Junuh faces formidable opponents and inner demons, but with Bagger's guidance, he finds the courage to confront his past and embrace his destiny on the golf course.

PG-13 (brief but bloody battle scene, brief mild language, brief sexual references, and inexplicit sexual situations)

2 hours, 7 minutes


English Language Arts, Philosophy, Leadership, Character Education, Life Skills

The Legend of Bagger Vance Movie Guide provides activities to help students become better leaders by focusing on the following themes:

  • Redemption: Struggling with inner demons and the trauma of war, Junuh must confront his past and find a way to redeem himself both on and off the golf course.
  • Self-discovery: Junuh's encounter with Bagger Vance serves as a catalyst for his journey of self-discovery. Through Bagger's guidance and wisdom, Junuh learns to confront his fears, doubts, and insecurities, ultimately discovering his true self and finding his "authentic swing" in life.
  • The power of belief: The film explores the transformative power of belief, both in oneself and in others. Bagger Vance instills in Junuh a sense of faith and confidence, teaching him to trust in his abilities and embrace the power of belief as a driving force for success.
  • Friendship and mentorship: The relationship between Junuh and Bagger Vance highlights the importance of friendship and mentorship in guiding one's journey. Bagger serves as not only a mentor but also a supportive friend to Junuh, offering wisdom, encouragement, and guidance as he navigates life's challenges.
  • Unity and community: Through the golf tournament, the characters come together, transcending social barriers and differences to support one another and unite for a common purpose, highlighting the strength and resilience of community bonds.

The Legend of Bagger Vance Movie Guide is also part of the following bundles:

  • Leadership Lessons Movie Guides MEGA Bundle (access to ALL our movie guides PLUS any we add in the future!)

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