Storyline: A young lion prince believes he is responsible
for his father's death. He runs away from his home, only to return and reclaim the throne when he
discoveres his uncle actually killed the lion king.
Teaching With This Movie:
Read about the work of psychologist Niels van de Ven and explain the difference between benign
and malicious envy. How is benign envy and admiration related? Define "jealousy" and describe how
it is different from envy.
Death and Grief
Identify developmental milestones of understanding about the concept of death for children a the
ages of 3, 6, 10, and in the teen years. Define grief and when do people experience it. Explain
how denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance make up the grieving cycle. Identify
when and how Simba experienced his grief for losing his father, Mustafa.
Read about Edward Deci and Richard Ryan's Self-Determination Theory of motivation. Explain the
difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Define competence, relatedness, and autonomy
and explain how they are necessary for intrinsic motivation to exist. Can self-determination
explain how Simba was finally able to motivate himself to return to his pride?