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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In this lesson, students look at the principles that might make an election democratic as well as ways in which elections can be inefficient, manipulated or abused. They apply these lessons toward understanding the 2005 election in Egypt, and then research the electoral process of a country of their own choosing. (includes 1 film module)

From the Women's Empowerment Classroom collection
From the film Shayfeen.com: We're Watching You

Roque’s story illustrates that youth who experience homelessness and who lack lawful immigration status endure particular pressures, including challenges in enrolling in college and navigating financial aid. Students will explore ways peers, teachers, and institutions can support youth struggling with immigration status and homelessness.

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

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

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

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 investigate Arab citizens of Israel as a group, and how the film Shadya draws attention to a population rarely exposed in the media. Students will then use their research skills to take a deeper look at a minority group in another country and present their findings online. (includes 1 film module)

From the Women's Empowerment Classroom collection
From the film Shadya

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