ITVS Community Classroom lesson plans pair educational film modules drawn from ITVS’s acclaimed documentary films with standards-based lesson plans, activities, and other interactive content.

Lesson Plans

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This lesson highlights the qualities of resiliency needed by teens to overcome adversity and risk. Students consider their own level of resiliency and explore ways to strengthen it.

From the Women and Girls Lead, Vol. 3: Women, Girls, & the Criminal Justice System Classroom collection
From the films Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story and Girls on the Wall

In this lesson, students will make personal connections with a family that has been traumatized and displaced by conflict in their homeland, the Democratic Republic of Congo, or DR Congo. Doing so will help put a human face on a far away and unimaginable conflict that is the deadliest since World War II. Students will then investigate various events in DR Congo’s history, determine the causes and impact of the war, and analyze the effects that war has had on women in particular. (includes 2 film modules)

From the Women and Girls Lead, Volume 1 Classroom collection
From the film Pushing the Elephant

This lesson teaches students about some of the laws related to immigrants convicted of crimes and encourages students to form opinions about the legal system and the policies related to convicted immigrants. (includes 3 film modules)

From the Sentenced Home Classroom collection
From the film Sentenced Home

This activity takes a look at how dissent is manifested in American democracy and gives students an opportunity to share their own voice on controversial issues. (includes 2 film modules)

From the Vote Democracy! Classroom collection
From the film Chicago 10

In this lesson students will learn about the history of the Khmer people and the conflicts that brought them to America as refugees. They will learn about changes to U.S. laws governing refugees and why some now face deportation back to their homeland. Students will also study how other countries around the world address refugee issues as part of a research project. (includes 3 film modules)

From the Sentenced Home Classroom collection
From the film Sentenced Home

Anthony’s story reveals the challenges that many homeless youth experience who have spent time in foster care and/or served time in the juvenile justice system. Students will explore supports needed to help young people transition out of foster care and how the juvenile justice system handles youth experiencing homelessness.

From the The Homestretch: Youth Action Guide Classroom collection
From the film The Homestretch

Students will reflect on their conceptions of youth homelessness, evaluate the needs of homeless youth in their school and communities, and look at a toolbox of strategies youth organizers can access for organizing campaigns for social change.

From the The Homestretch: Youth Action Guide Classroom collection
From the film The Homestretch

Roque’s story illustrates that youth who experience homelessness and who lack lawful immigration status endure particular pressures, including challenges in enrolling in college and navigating financial aid. Students will explore ways peers, teachers, and institutions can support youth struggling with immigration status and homelessness.

From the The Homestretch: Youth Action Guide Classroom collection
From the film The Homestretch

This lesson looks at a successful and surprising intervention program for mothers in prison and is designed for students to further their knowledge of existing resources in their communities and to strengthen the skills needed to access them.

From the Women and Girls Lead, Vol. 3: Women, Girls, & the Criminal Justice System Classroom collection
From the film Troop 1500

In this lesson, students will critically view and analyze media, learning how images, especially in documentary filmmaking, are constructed. (includes 2 film modules)

From the Vote Democracy! Classroom collection
From the film Chicago 10