BUILDING HOPE–DVD and Lesson Plans

Dear Librarian or Social Studies Educators,

The education edition of the award-winning documentary, Building Hope: The Story of Mahiga Hope High School, is now available free of charge for use in your classrooms. Shot in both east Africa and Texas, the film tells the engaging story of how a determined community in rural Kenya and the Central Texas-based Nobelity Project come together, overcome obstacles, and build the first high school in the region.

Simply request the free DVD as a gift for your library or social studies department. It contains a 45-minute version of the film, plus 5 additional short films about related topics. The film has been edited for classroom use. Appropriate for grades 6-12, its contents are most relevant to middle school Contemporary World Cultures, and high school World History and World Geography courses.

Examples of related TEKS

Middle School (World Cultures) High School (World Geography)
(16) Culture. The student understands how the components of culture affect the way people live and shape the characteristics of regions. (17) Culture. The student understands the distribution, patterns, and characteristics of different cultures.

Examples of Curriculum Connections

  • physical and human geography
  • character, leadership, citizenship
  • global studies
  • philanthropy / advocacy / community
  • science, technology and society
  • culture (e.g., government, economics)
  • contemporary issues / current events
  • sustainable human development

Free TEKS-aligned Lesson Plans

Attached here are just a couple of samples of the free, teacher-created, classroom-tested lesson plans and materials that will be available for the 2014-2015 school year.

BUILDING HOPE Lesson-Compare and Contrast
Building Hope Activity-Compare and Contrast Viewing Handout
Building Hope Lesson Vocab list

Lessons will incorporate a variety of teaching strategies and learning styles , and all activities have real world application, with both local and global connections. The lessons can be customized to meet classroom and student needs. Resources will support a single day “stand alone” activity up to a more comprehensive unit culminating in a student-centered service learning project, 1000 Books for Hope.

We encourage you to watch the trailer, watch the film, and pass it on to the most appropriate educator on your campus. And please contact us with any questions or to request additional DVDs for your school or district. Please visit our website at www.nobelity .org for more information or give us a call at 512-263-7971. We look forward to a great year working together to inspire your students to get smart, get involved, have fun, and change the world.