Get Started - Finding An Issue of Interest
Finding Inspiration in a
Film and the Movement it
After this lesson, students will be able to:
- Envision themselves as change-makers who act to tell a story that they feel must be shared.
- Understand interconnectedness between issues.
Students will view various film clips and identify issues they want to research further.
What human rights issues am I compelled to learn more about?
Why do I feel compelled to learn about specific issues?
What compels me to take action and how can I tell an effective story?
Recommended Time:90 minutes
Common Core State Standards:
- Computers with internet access and projection capability
- Headphones for each student
- Explain to students how film is one medium that has an incredible power to touch us, transport us, and motivate us.
- Watch the introduction to the Change Series.
- After watching the introduction, explain that it — and the segments that follow — originated from the feature length documentary “Living on One”. During the film’s production, the filmmakers identified and highlighted several issues relating to extreme poverty: water, nutrition, disaster, employment, finance, and education. They developed the Change Series as a resource for students to learn more about those specific issues.
- Instruct students to watch several of the Change Series episodes, using the following questions to take notes about each:What did you learn?
1. What did you learn?
2. What are you thinking?
3. What questions do you have?
- Students come together in small groups to share and discuss their new learning and thinking.