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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Through the lens of the maternal mortality crisis in Somaliland, students will examine the social, economic, and cultural factors that contribute to the differences in healthcare — both between and within countries, including the United States — and the importance of maternal health in their own communities.

From the Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Classroom collection
From the film Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

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

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

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 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

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

This lesson will demonstrate how the economic empowerment of women in Kenya has improved the lives of the individual women and their families and communities for generations to come. Through the activities, students will explore what life is like for millions of people around the world and in the United States who are struggling to live on two dollars a day, and what choices and sacrifices they would have to make in the same situation. They will also consider how and why women and girls around the world are disproportionately affected by extreme poverty and will examine the ripple effects of women’s economic empowerment on individuals, families, communities, and societies.

From the Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Classroom collection
From the film Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide