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

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 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

Students will consider the media’s role during the desegregation of Central High School and the consequences of media coverage on the private lives of those involved. They will identify Daisy Bates’s media strategies and analyze the ways in which race and gender shaped the media’s portrayal of her. Lastly, students will describe how they would use the media accessible to them to voice opposition to a specific event, policy, or practice in their community.

From the Women and Girls Lead, Vol. 2: African American Women Lead Classroom collection
From the film Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

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

This lesson examines risk factors for contact with the criminal justice system as well as other negative outcomes such as teen pregnancy, dropping out of high school, and substance abuse, and allows students to assess their own risks.

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