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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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

This lesson explores religious tolerance in America and takes students through a process designed to promote religious tolerance inside and outside the school community. (includes 1 film module)

From the Knocking Classroom collection
From the film Knocking

This lesson examines how Jehovah’s Witnesses have stood for their beliefs historically and calls on students to examine their own belief systems and the price they would pay to uphold their own ideas and principles. (includes 2 film modules)

From the Knocking Classroom collection
From the film Knocking

Students will analyze the video to determine what aspects appear to be possible now and what do not. Then they will read and respond to an article about surrogate mothers.

From the FUTURESTATES Classroom collection
From the film Silver Sling

This lesson examines the role of Jehovah’s Witnesses in influencing Civil Rights and encourages students to learn about current civil rights issues and develop ways to become actively involved in the Civil Rights issues of today. (includes 1 film module)

From the Knocking Classroom collection
From the film Knocking

Use this lesson to help students engage actively with film terminology and concepts.

From the FUTURESTATES Classroom collection
From the film Silver Sling

This lesson explores the basic premise of human rights, the history of human rights abuse — both legislative and executive/military — and its consequences, human rights in the contemporary media, and the application of human rights issues to modern American life.

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

This lesson explores the issue of religion and medical ethics and how access to and the creation of new medical treatments and technology can result when religious beliefs and medical practices contradict one another. (includes 1 film module)

From the Knocking Classroom collection
From the film Knocking