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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This lesson focuses on the narrative technique of frame story. Students analyze its structure, and in extension activities write their own frame stories and research real tent cities.

From the FUTURESTATES Classroom collection
From the film Tent City

This lesson takes a global look at the range of democratic governments in different countries, from new and transitional democratic systems to more established ones. (includes 1 film module)

From the Vote Democracy! Classroom collection
From the film Iron Ladies of Liberia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Use this lesson to help students think about how and why humans like to predict the future.

From the FUTURESTATES Classroom collection
From the film Tent City

Kasey’s story portrays the family rejection that many lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender youth experience that results in homelessness. Students will explore the challenges that LGBT youth who experience homelessness face in finishing school and accessing social services, and the support that can be found in “chosen” families.

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