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

In this lesson, students will examine how Kenya’s history as a colonized nation has contributed to their challenges with deforestation. Students will first identify how this environmental degradation is related to other social, political and economic problems that affect the country’s marginalized citizens and then research and interview local environmental champions. (includes 2 film modules)

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

This lesson analyzes rap music lyrics and their impact on the listener, paying particular attention to misogynistic and homophobic content. (includes 1 film module)

From the Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes Classroom collection
From the film Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Students will follow the journey of Fulamatu, a 14-year-old rape survivor in Sierra Leone, as she attempts to bring her perpetrator to justice. Through her story, students will examine the culture of impunity that enables gender-based violence to flourish, and the impact this issue has on our own communities. Students will also be challenged to consider the factors that contribute to violence against women and girls, and how they can contribute to local and international efforts to eradicate it.

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

Students will reflect on their experiences with education, evaluate the opportunities available to them for support and success, and look at a toolbox of strategies youth organizers can access for organizing campaigns for social change.

From the The Graduates: Youth Action Guide Classroom collection
From the film The Graduates/Los Graduados

This lesson examines the factors behind global climate change, its detrimental ecological and cultural effects, and the means by which it can be mitigated, on both local and international levels.

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

In this lesson, students will analyze global warming, watch the film Mr. Green, analyze the validity of the solution presented in the film, and investigate the concept of carbon dioxide sequestration.

From the FUTURESTATES Classroom collection
From the film Mister Green

The film is a powerful exploration of the lasting effects of war on soldiers returning home, told in a unique style that moves backward in time. Students will analyze the effects of the filmmaker's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it, and manipulate time.

From the FUTURESTATES Classroom collection
From the film Gunny

This module introduces students to the musical legacies of Clyde Stubblefield and George Clinton, two of the most heavily sampled musicians in hip-hop music.

From the Copyright Criminals Classroom collection
From the film Copyright Criminals

What sampling is, and how it came to be widely used in the early days of hip-hop music. It also explores the socio-economic conditions that gave rise to hip-hop as a form of cultural expression, and introduces the seminal work of the rap group Public Enemy.

From the Copyright Criminals Classroom collection
From the film Copyright Criminals

Students will investigate how homelessness can be an obstacle to success for some Latino youth, and examine how technology and social media can be powerful tools for raising awareness and sharing information in a dynamic way.

From the The Graduates: Youth Action Guide Classroom collection
From the film The Graduates/Los Graduados