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 lesson encourages students to think about the qualities of an effective leader. Discussion of the film modules will help students to understand the connections between values and leadership style — and to consider their own leadership potential.

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

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

In this lesson, students will investigate poverty as a structural and systemic issue, appraise strategies that can address the difficulties that poverty adds to the issues of children in need, and consider their own role in contributing to the health of their communities. They will apply this knowledge to research and creative-writing opportunities to explore the topic further. This lesson plan includes one film module.

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

Human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery, remains one of the most brutal and widespread human rights violations in the world today. In this lesson, students will examine myths and misconceptions of sex trafficking, engage with stories of victims and survivors, and consider models of intervention that communities and law enforcement agencies have been using to address the problem comprehensively. This lesson plan includes two film modules.

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

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