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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The basic foundations of copyright law and how the music industry began to respond legally to sampling as hip-hop grew in popularity in the 1990s.

From the Copyright Criminals Classroom collection
From the film Copyright Criminals

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

In this lesson, students will analyze global warming, watch the film Mr. Green, analyze the validity of the solution presented in the film, and investigate the concept of carbon dioxide sequestration.

From the FUTURESTATES Classroom collection
From the film Mister Green

This module introduces students to the musical legacies of Clyde Stubblefield and George Clinton, two of the most heavily sampled musicians in hip-hop music.

From the Copyright Criminals Classroom collection
From the film Copyright Criminals

What sampling is, and how it came to be widely used in the early days of hip-hop music. It also explores the socio-economic conditions that gave rise to hip-hop as a form of cultural expression, and introduces the seminal work of the rap group Public Enemy.

From the Copyright Criminals Classroom collection
From the film Copyright Criminals

This module explores how other art forms such as the blues and Walt Disney movies have “borrowed” from the work of other artists, and introduces some of the artists at the front of the remix culture that has emerged in the 21st century.

From the Copyright Criminals Classroom collection
From the film Copyright Criminals

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

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

What happens when people lose control over their own technology? In this lesson students investigate their own use of technology and consider how to maintain control.

From the FUTURESTATES Classroom collection
From the film Play