Blueshift partnered with Doc Society to bring Doc Academy to the US, a free online platform by teachers for teachers that fully engages students around the most pressing issues of our day through a lens of critical media literacy.
The platform is free and easy to use, offering standards-aligned lessons developed by veteran English, Science and Social Studies educators.
Currently in use in 25% of UK classrooms. U.S. teachers used it for the first time in Spring, 2018:
88% of US teachers said it increased their comfort level teaching with doc films, and
94% said they plan to use it again.
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Highly Curated Award winning films
Teacher-vetted films include:
The suggested classroom unit for the documentary Almost Sunrise is a 5-6 day lesson exploring the central issues raised in the film - the challenges facing returning veterans, moral injury, forgiveness and healing. The film follows Anthony and Tom, two Iraq War veterans, on a 2700 mile emotional and physical pilgrimage across the country in their effort to heal from war and restore hope.
I Am Not Your Negro
This lesson for I Am Not Your Negro includes 5-6 days of suggested exercises featuring in-depth research and discussion of the civil rights era as a backdrop for the film, and critical analysis of the clips in the film, which delve into the writings and social commentary of James Baldwin and whether and how his words predicted and are echoed in the experience of racial division in the United States today.
Growing Up Coy
This lesson uses an accessible and engaging film of one's family fight to raise a significant contemporary civil rights issue affecting their child's education and opportunity to learn. While the topic of this film may seem controversial in some communities because of its focus on LGBTQ+ rights, this is less a film about the politics of “bathroom bills” being discussed around the country, and more about how we as a society identify injustices and what steps each of us are willing to take to address them. Growing Up Coy is appropriate for those studying Contemporary History/Politics, or in English Language Arts classrooms focusing on the use of film as a tool for rhetoric.
Thank You For the Rain
This 5-6 day unit explores the themes and issues in the documentary film Thank You For the Rain.Through the personal lens of Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya, the film follows one person’s commitment to educating his community about sustainable farming practices and the risks of climate change. The film brings to life the many ways in which climate change directly affects Kisilu, his family and their livelihood.