Documentary Film Screening

This Documentary Film Screening activity & project also includes:

Watching documentaries is a good way to become well-informed about important issues. Middle and high schoolers organize a screening of a chosen documentary that describes current crises around the world, including homelessness, hunger, and poverty, and prompts a call to action.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have older classes create their own short documentaries about poverty and homelessness in their own towns, or have them focus on peers dealing with hunger in their school
  • Design the screening around a parents' night at school; have learners organize the event for the adults, and then host a Q&A afterward with the discussion questions
  • Compare the information in a selected documentary to news articles conveying the same information
  • Assign the films as extra credit, and encourage small groups to get together and watch the films after school
  • Use the film to brainstorm service projects to help those suffering in your community
Classroom Considerations

  • The most recent film is from 2014, so consider augmenting the list with additional documentaries to choose from
  • Lesson calls for printed flyers, but learners can easily make their own
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • List provides thorough summaries of important documentaries
  • Emphasizes the importance of community involvement

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