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 investigate Pakistan’s struggle to maintain a lasting democratic government, and look at various experiences in Benazir Bhutto’s life that shaped her as a leader.

From the Women and Girls Lead, Volume 1 Classroom collection
From the film Bhutto

Students will study the context in which Benazir Bhutto became the first woman leader of a Muslim nation, and the complexities of being a female leader in a Muslim country.

From the Women and Girls Lead, Volume 1 Classroom collection
From the film Bhutto

This lesson encourages students to consider the challenges inherent in committing to a calling or life purpose. The film modules will help students identify potential issues that are unique to individual circumstances, as well as those that are universal to anyone undertaking a difficult, long-term task. Activities will guide students to think about the challenges they may face as they pursue their future goals.

From the What’s Your Calling? Classroom collection
From the film The Calling

This lesson encourages students to think about the qualities of an effective leader. Discussion of the film modules will help students to understand the connections between values and leadership style — and to consider their own leadership potential.

From the What’s Your Calling? Classroom collection
From the film The Calling

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

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

How does someone determine what he or she is "meant" to do? This lesson examines the factors that motivate individuals as they make choices that will affect their lives, careers, and relationships. Discussion of the film modules will act as a springboard for students to explore their own values and decision-making processes.

From the What’s Your Calling? Classroom collection
From the film The Calling

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