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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Students will examine how school discipline policies that rely heavily on suspension and expulsion can be an obstacle to student success and explore alternatives, especially peer juries, conflict management, and other youth empowerment models.

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

Students will look at how bullying can be an obstacle to Latino youth, especially with regards to immigrant, undocumented, racial, socioeconomic, and LGBTQ groups. They will explore how the arts can be a powerful way to bring different voices into dialogue, and how they can be tools for increasing self-esteem and combating stereotypes and negative images.

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

This film depicts the ethical dilemma of a mother whose children are trapped in a vastly unequal school system. The lesson plan asks students to reflect more deeply about the state of our public education system — both in the near future, and today.

From the FUTURESTATES Classroom collection
From the film Crossover

In this lesson, students will examine the crisis of domestic violence in America and its impact on all areas of society. Using personal stories from the film module and the lesson plan as inspiration, students will research resources in their own states and neighborhoods and develop a plan of action that could help an individual in their community who is in a similar situation.

From the A Path Appears Classroom collection
From the film A Path Appears

This lesson encourages students to consider the challenges inherent in committing to a calling or life purpose. The film modules will help students identify potential issues that are unique to individual circumstances, as well as those that are universal to anyone undertaking a difficult, long-term task. Activities will guide students to think about the challenges they may face as they pursue their future goals.

From the What’s Your Calling? Classroom collection
From the film The Calling

Anthony’s story reveals the challenges that many homeless youth experience who have spent time in foster care and/or served time in the juvenile justice system. Students will explore supports needed to help young people transition out of foster care and how the juvenile justice system handles youth experiencing homelessness.

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

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

Students will reflect on their conceptions of youth homelessness, evaluate the needs of homeless youth in their school and communities, and look at a toolbox of strategies youth organizers can access for organizing campaigns for social change.

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

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

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