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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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