Watch a great movie this summer and prepare for future classes at the same time. Check out the trailers to these six feature-length documentaries, all of which have been successfully used in an adult education classroom.

  1. Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed (YouTube, PBS)
  2. Girl Rising (YouTube)
  3. Pray the Devil Back to Hell (YouTube, ForkFilms, NPR)
  4. Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (YouTube)
  5. Viva La Causa! (Vimeo)
  6. We Still Live Here (YouTube)

Links to possible sources for lesson plans, discussion guides, and background information are listed under "Movies in the Classroom" in the SABES online Resource Library.

Have you used a movie as the cornerstone of a unit or thematic study? Do you have an idea for how to lead up to a film, or for an assignment that allows students to show that they have learned from watching it? New movies for this list, or connections to activities and ideas? I'd love to talk.

Happy watching!

~ Lakshmi Nayak (

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