Doc Academy brings award-winning independent documentary films to high school classrooms. Film clips are accompanied by superb lessons designed by teachers for teachers to fully engage students around the most pressing environmental and social issues of our day. Click here for teacher-leader Josh Cabat talking about why media literacy matters.

Already in use in a quarter of high schools in the UK, Doc Academy improves media literacy, critical thinking, active listening, cultural literacy, social and emotional learning

 Blueshift is excited to partner with Doc Society to launch this innovative tool in the US.

Interested in piloting Doc Academy in your classroom? Click here to learn more.

Teacher-vetted films include:

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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.   

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Dalya's Other Country

The suggested classroom unit for Dalya’s Other Country includes 5-6 days deeply exploring the topics and themes raised in the film. Dalya's Other Country tells the remarkable story of a family displaced by the ongoing Syrian conflict and exploring life in the United States caught between highly politicized identities. The film follows Dalya and her mother through what seems at first a typical immigration experience. However, they grow tense and anxious as the 2016 presidential campaign unfolds and candidate Donald Trump calls for restrictions on Muslim immigrants.

SEED: The Untold Story

In this 5-6 day set of lessons, students will research to back up opinion statements, integrate quantitative and qualitative analysis into writing, and compare and contrast primary and secondary sources. These skills will be directed towards examining different views on the use of pesticides, understand genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and weigh the influence of agribusiness corporations in today’s production of food. 

 

More films coming soon!