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 focuses on the mechanics of political campaigns, from campaign team roles to skills and strategies. (includes 2 film modules)

From the Vote Democracy! Classroom collection
From the films Please Vote for Me and An Unreasonable Man

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

This lesson raises the importance of having a mentor, the characteristics of a good mentor, and what possibilities exist for students themselves to inspire and motivate others. Students will be encouraged to contact a mentoring organization to find a mentor if they do not already have one.

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 Troop 1500

Kasey’s story portrays the family rejection that many lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender youth experience that results in homelessness. Students will explore the challenges that LGBT youth who experience homelessness face in finishing school and accessing social services, and the support that can be found in “chosen” families.

From the The Homestretch: Youth Action Guide Classroom collection
From the film The Homestretch

Through the power of youth action, communities are changing for the better, and young people are gaining valuable skills and tools to take command of their own futures. Students will identify an aspect of youth homelessness to address in their community and design and implement an organizing strategy to bring about positive change.

From the The Homestretch: Youth Action Guide Classroom collection
From the film The Homestretch

This lesson documents the importance of opening up through storytelling and song about the things that make us hurt and angry and challenges students to tell their story.

From the Women and Girls Lead, Vol. 3: Women, Girls, & the Criminal Justice System Classroom collection
From the film Girls on the Wall

This lesson focuses on the history of immigration in the U.S., current immigration reform issues and legislation as students work together to formulate plans for changing immigration laws in the U.S. (includes 3 film modules)

From the Sentenced Home Classroom collection
From the film Sentenced Home

In this lesson, students will explore how storytelling can be a powerful way to illustrate how problems affect people and to inspire collective action that can bring about positive change. The class will first analyze the potential impact of the experiences described by Rose Mapendo, a woman whose family suffered severe hardships during violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Students will then gather and share a true story from their own community that explains the human impact of a local issue. (includes 1 film module)

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

In this lesson, students will consider the qualities that exist in a democracy and how different people would define democracy. They will create their own media expressions of what the concept means to them. (Includes 1 film module)

From the Vote Democracy! Classroom collection
From the film Please Vote for Me

This lesson asks students to reflect on decisions they have made that have negatively impacted others in order to build empathy and hold themselves accountable.

From the Women and Girls Lead, Vol. 3: Women, Girls, & the Criminal Justice System Classroom collection
From the film Troop 1500