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 film is set in a future where technology has allowed for everyone living in a fictional gated community to pick and choose all of the genetic features of their children before they are born. Students will contemplate how far they are willing to go to defend their own beliefs.

From the FUTURESTATES Classroom collection
From the film Beholder

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

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 takes a global look at the range of democratic governments in different countries, from new and transitional democratic systems to more established ones. (includes 1 film module)

From the Vote Democracy! Classroom collection
From the film Iron Ladies of Liberia

In this lesson, students will analyze how digital media tools work in less developed nations or areas where media access is limited. In addition, they will evaluate the savvy, resources, skills and support needed to develop effective media outreach. Students will also explore social networking and video as empowerment tools—and then create their own. (includes 1 film module)

From the Women's Empowerment Classroom collection
From the film Shayfeen.com: We're Watching You

In this lesson, students look at the principles that might make an election democratic as well as ways in which elections can be inefficient, manipulated or abused. They apply these lessons toward understanding the 2005 election in Egypt, and then research the electoral process of a country of their own choosing. (includes 1 film module)

From the Women's Empowerment Classroom collection
From the film Shayfeen.com: We're Watching You

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

Students will investigate the dilemma of whether community organizers should work within the system or outside of the system to bring about social change. As a culminating assignment, students will take sides and debate the issue with their classmates. (includes 1 film module)

From the Women's Empowerment Classroom collection
From the film Waiting for the Revolution

Students will investigate Arab citizens of Israel as a group, and how the film Shadya draws attention to a population rarely exposed in the media. Students will then use their research skills to take a deeper look at a minority group in another country and present their findings online. (includes 1 film module)

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