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

Students analyze the video to watch the development of empathy. They explore the impact of empathy in their own lives, and they produce a story that models empathy.

From the FUTURESTATES Classroom collection
From the film Tia and Marco

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

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

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

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)

From the Women's Empowerment Classroom collection
From the film Waiting for the Revolution

Students will investigate how undocumented immigrant status can create an obstacle to social and academic success. They will create slogans, sketches, and draft ideas for media that will raise awareness around the issue of undocumented youth and the resources available for support, and explore ways to incorporate technology and the internet into media campaign strategies.

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