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Overall B-

Coach Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) is just about voted "most -unpopular" when he locks his high school basketball team out of the gym and cancels all games, until the players improve their grade point average. This movie is based on a true story of a man determined to help inner-city kids understand what it takes to succeed both on and off the court.

Violence C
Sexual Content C-
Profanity C-
Substance Use C-

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Coach Carter

Principal Garrison and many of the other teachers are negative about the students’ chances for success. Why do you think they have this defeatist attitude? What contributes to the parents’ mind-set about education?

Why does Coach Carter lecture the boys when they call each other a derogatory racial slur? What negative terms do you hear used toward ethnic groups, girls and others? How do these expressions affect the way people see themselves and the way they are treated by others?

What successes does the team achieve by the end of the basketball season? In your opinion, what are the benefits of high school sports in the educational system? Can other extracurricular activities have a negative impact on scholastic endeavors?

on the bench until the whole team rebounds.

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