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 will examine the crisis of domestic violence in America and its impact on all areas of society. Using personal stories from the film module and the lesson plan as inspiration, students will research resources in their own states and neighborhoods and develop a plan of action that could help an individual in their community who is in a similar situation.

From the A Path Appears Classroom collection
From the film A Path Appears

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

This lesson examines the factors behind global climate change, its detrimental ecological and cultural effects, and the means by which it can be mitigated, on both local and international levels.

From the The Island President Classroom collection
From the film The Island President