Lesson 7
Get Started - Finding An Issue of Interest

Searching for your Spark: What Inspires you to Action? The Power of Film to Inspire Action


After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify human rights, with a focus on children’s rights, they will learn more about through independent research.


In preparation for the development of their own PSAs, students will view various film clips and identify issues they want to research further.

Guiding Questions:

  • What human rights issues am I compelled to learn more about?
  • Why do I feel compelled to learn about specific issues?

Recommended Time:

90 minutes

Common Core State Standards:








Links to various short videos are provided for this lesson. Use some or all of these. Also consider finding videos about other issues you or your students might find compelling.

Camp Homeward Bound
Child Labor in US Agriculture 
Child Labor in US Agriculture 2
Child Marriage Zimbabwe
Child Soldiers: Somalia
Clip from “Nepal’s Stolen Children”
Conflict Minerals 
Conflict Minerals 2
Living on One Change Series
Craig Kielberger – Free the Children – Child Labor
Craig Updated
Flow Trailer
Girl Up
Human Trafficking US
Sustainable Development Goals
Syrian Refugees
Teens of the Tobacco Fields
The True Cost



Technology Required:

1. Computer with Internet access and projection


Lesson Design:

  • Explain to students how film is one medium that has an incredible power to touch us, transport us, and motivate us.
  • Show a pre-selected clip. Model a written response to the clip including collected information, thoughts, feelings, and questions.
  • Show pre-selected clips that will expose students to a variety of issues – pausing after each clip to provide students with time to jot down some thoughts/observations about the clip, and how it impacts them.
  • By the end of this lesson, students should be able to identify at least two topics they are interested in learning more about.
  • Consider using the lists generated by students on the first day to find films/PSAs based on student interest.