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

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

Students will investigate how gangs and “street life” create an obstacle to social and academic success and explore some of the factors contributing to young Latinos getting involved in gang activity. They will research organizations to partner with and create a plan for a mentorship program.

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

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

Students will consider how teen parenting can be an obstacle to Latino youth success, and explore how community events like awareness fairs can be effective ways to outreach, educate, and influence change.

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

Students will investigate how undocumented immigrant status can create an obstacle to social and academic success. They will create slogans, sketches, and draft ideas for media that will raise awareness around the issue of undocumented youth and the resources available for support, and explore ways to incorporate technology and the internet into media campaign strategies.

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

How does someone determine what he or she is "meant" to do? This lesson examines the factors that motivate individuals as they make choices that will affect their lives, careers, and relationships. Discussion of the film modules will act as a springboard for students to explore their own values and decision-making processes.

From the What’s Your Calling? Classroom collection
From the film The Calling

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

Students will define violence and personalize the issue by discussing their perceptions of and experience with violence. They will consider the key traits and skills Ameena Matthews embodies as a “violence interrupter” that allow her to successfully prevent shootings and mediate conflict. They will also consider the role gender plays in engaging communities and changing social norms around peace and violence.

From the Women and Girls Lead, Vol. 2: African American Women Lead Classroom collection
From the film The Interrupters