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ITVS Brings Short-Form Science Fiction Film Into The Classroom With FUTURESTATES Series & Lesson Plans

November 5, 2010

This resource offers lesson plans and streaming video for a variety of topics from global warming, genetic engineering, developing empathy and more.

ITVS, the nation’s leader in independent public media, launches FUTURESTATES lesson plans as part of its education program, Community Classroom. Imagining tomorrow’s America today, FUTURESTATES is a series of independent mini-features: short narrative films created by experienced filmmakers and emerging talents that transform today’s complex social issues into visions about what life in America will be like in decades to come. This new collection from Community Classroom includes standards-aligned lesson plans in language arts and science to accompany seven films from the FUTURESTATES series, season one. The collection of lesson plans and streaming video are available for free on the FUTURESTATES website (

LANGUAGE ARTS LESSONS Video Games and Social Control (Lesson plan for Play) What happens when people lose control over their technology? In this lesson, students investigate their own use of technology and consider how to maintain control.   Building a Story within a Story (Lesson plan for Tent City) This lesson focuses on the narrative technique of a frame story. Through extension activities, students analyze the film’s structure, write their own frame stories, and research real tent cities.   Developing Empathy for Others (Lesson plan for Tia and Marco) Students analyze the development of empathy in the film. They then explore the impact of empathy in their own lives, with the goal of producing personal stories that model what empathy means to them.   The Future of Reproduction (Lesson plan for Silver Sling) While watching the film, students will determine the aspects or themes of surrogacy that appear to be possible now, and the ones that do not. Then, they will read and respond to an article about surrogate mothers. More….

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