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

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

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 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

This lesson encourages students to think about the qualities of an effective leader. Discussion of the film modules will help students to understand the connections between values and leadership style — and to consider their own leadership potential.

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

This lesson focuses on the mechanics of political campaigns, from campaign team roles to skills and strategies. (includes 2 film modules)

From the Vote Democracy! Classroom collection
From the films Please Vote for Me and An Unreasonable Man

Students will investigate how gangs and “street life” create an obstacle to social and academic success and explore some of the factors contributing to young Latinos getting involved in gang activity. They will research organizations to partner with and create a plan for a mentorship program.

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

Students will consider how teen parenting can be an obstacle to Latino youth success, and explore how community events like awareness fairs can be effective ways to outreach, educate, and influence change.

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