Coach Carter Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Coach Carter' is a biographical dramatic film about Ken Carter, a high school basketball coach who made the controversial decision to bench his entire team for academic reasons. The asset provides classroom discussion questions about this movie.

Coach Carter

Thomas Carter's Coach Carter is a 2005 biopic starring Samuel L. Jackson about the Richmond High School basketball coach who sidelined his entire undefeated team when they failed to meet strict academic standards. Carter's story offers powerful messages about teamwork and ethical leadership. The following questions may be used in secondary classrooms to lead discussions about this film.

Richmond Oilers

  • Why does Ken Carter agree to coach the Richmond High School basketball team? What are the disadvantages to accepting this position? Would you have taken the job? Why?
  • What is Coach Carter's first impression of the players? What is the players' first impression of Coach Carter? What are the terms of the contract Carter expects his players to sign? Why do you think the Coach's requirements extend beyond basketball? Would you sign the contract? Explain your answer.
  • Compare the Oilers' basketball practices before Coach Carter to the way Carter conducted practices. What are the skills and behaviors Coach Carter emphasizes? Why do you think Carter takes this approach with this team? What effect does it have on the team's performance? How can you apply this strategy to improving your skills in your pursuits?

Team Struggles

  • Why is Coach Carter reluctant when Damien chooses to transfer to Richmond? Why do you think Carter allows his son to make this decision? What does this reveal about Carter's character? What do you think your parents would have done? Do you agree with Damien's decision? Why?
  • What are some personal struggles faced by the members of the team? How does being part of this team change the way the players view their future? Why is goal-setting important? What are your goals for your future? What are some specific steps you are taking now to achieve those goals?
  • What evidence does Coach Carter find that, although his players are finding success in basketball, they are continuing to flounder in other parts of their lives? How does Carter react to this knowledge? What role do you think coaches and teachers play in helping their students develop values?

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account
Support