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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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

The lesson plan for Seed reviews the history of agricultural biotechnology. Students will propose a new GMO product based on need, potential for profit, and minimal environmental effects.

From the FUTURESTATES Classroom collection
From the film Seed

Students will analyze the video to determine what aspects appear to be possible now and what do not. Then they will read and respond to an article about surrogate mothers.

From the FUTURESTATES Classroom collection
From the film Silver Sling

In this lesson, students examine the community organizing/civic action steps that the Green Belt Movement took to address Kenya’s deforestation and investigate the strategies that other “change makers” and organizations use to address specific issues—leading them to research two activist organizations of their choice. (includes 2 film modules)

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

In this lesson, students investigate the concepts of unemployment, unions and worker’s rights as universal human rights. After listening to various voices involved in an indigenous workers’ struggle in Bolivia, students research an organization and create campaign media for it. (includes 1 film module)

From the Women's Empowerment Classroom collection
From the film Waiting for the Revolution

Use this lesson to help students engage actively with film terminology and concepts.

From the FUTURESTATES Classroom collection
From the film Silver Sling

This lesson explores the basic premise of human rights, the history of human rights abuse — both legislative and executive/military — and its consequences, human rights in the contemporary media, and the application of human rights issues to modern American life.

From the The Island President Classroom collection
From the film The Island President

In this lesson, students will discuss and research the impact of prominent women who have led, challenged and shaped both the ideas and practices of democracies around the world. (includes 1 film module)

From the Vote Democracy! Classroom collection
From the film Iron Ladies of Liberia