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

Students will meet Nhi and Phung, two students in the Room to Read program in Vietnam, and learn about their struggles and successes as they pursue their education against all the odds. The activities in the lesson will also engage students in a conversation about the value and meaning of education in their own lives and the impact of the gender imbalance in education on the lives of individual girls around the world and our communities at home.

From the Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Classroom collection
From the film Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

In this lesson, students will examine how Kenya’s history as a colonized nation has contributed to their challenges with deforestation. Students will first identify how this environmental degradation is related to other social, political and economic problems that affect the country’s marginalized citizens and then research and interview local environmental champions. (includes 2 film modules)

From the Women's Empowerment Classroom collection
From the film Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

This lesson analyzes rap music lyrics and their impact on the listener, paying particular attention to misogynistic and homophobic content. (includes 1 film module)

From the Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes Classroom collection
From the film Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Students will follow the journey of Fulamatu, a 14-year-old rape survivor in Sierra Leone, as she attempts to bring her perpetrator to justice. Through her story, students will examine the culture of impunity that enables gender-based violence to flourish, and the impact this issue has on our own communities. Students will also be challenged to consider the factors that contribute to violence against women and girls, and how they can contribute to local and international efforts to eradicate it.

From the Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Classroom collection
From the film Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Students will reflect on their experiences with education, evaluate the opportunities available to them for support and success, and look at a toolbox of strategies youth organizers can access for organizing campaigns for social change.

From the The Graduates: Youth Action Guide Classroom collection
From the film The Graduates/Los Graduados

Students will investigate how homelessness can be an obstacle to success for some Latino youth, and examine how technology and social media can be powerful tools for raising awareness and sharing information in a dynamic way.

From the The Graduates: Youth Action Guide Classroom collection
From the film The Graduates/Los Graduados

Students will consider the consequences for individuals and communities whose fundamental human rights are limited or denied, and develop a plan of action for improving the lives of women in their own community.

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

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

This lesson delves deeper into understanding how gender roles, especially around manhood, are produced and projected in society as a whole and within hip-hop. (includes 1 film module)

From the Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes Classroom collection
From the film Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Through the lens of the maternal mortality crisis in Somaliland, students will examine the social, economic, and cultural factors that contribute to the differences in healthcare — both between and within countries, including the United States — and the importance of maternal health in their own communities.

From the Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Classroom collection
From the film Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide