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.

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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

Students will investigate Pakistan’s struggle to maintain a lasting democratic government, and look at various experiences in Benazir Bhutto’s life that shaped her as a leader.

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

Students will study the context in which Benazir Bhutto became the first woman leader of a Muslim nation, and the complexities of being a female leader in a Muslim country.

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

This lesson focuses on the narrative technique of frame story. Students analyze its structure, and in extension activities write their own frame stories and research real tent cities.

From the FUTURESTATES Classroom collection
From the film Tent City

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

Students analyze the video to watch the development of empathy. They explore the impact of empathy in their own lives, and they produce a story that models empathy.

From the FUTURESTATES Classroom collection
From the film Tia and Marco

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

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

Muslim women face many of the same struggles and challenges as women all over the world. In addition, there are specific issues these women face as Muslims within their families, communities and religion. This lesson explores the ways in which Muslim girls and women have made strides in asserting their rights. Students will study various voices and then compose a dialogue poem. (includes 1 film module)

From the Women's Empowerment Classroom collection
From the film Shadya