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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This lesson focuses on the mechanics of political campaigns, from campaign team roles to skills and strategies. (includes 2 film modules)
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.
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.
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.
In this lesson, students will consider the qualities that exist in a democracy and how different people would define democracy. They will create their own media expressions of what the concept means to them. (Includes 1 film module)
Students will define violence and personalize the issue by discussing their perceptions of and experience with violence. They will consider the key traits and skills Ameena Matthews embodies as a “violence interrupter” that allow her to successfully prevent shootings and mediate conflict. They will also consider the role gender plays in engaging communities and changing social norms around peace and violence.
From the Women and Girls Lead, Vol. 2: African American Women Lead Classroom collection