Always on the prowl for fresh resources to help students build their critical thinking skills, I came across a gem of a new documentary, uploaded to YouTube and Hulu earlier this month. Billions in Change is a 43-minute profile of 5-Hour Energy founder Manoj Bhargava and his decision to spend 99 percent of his $4 billion empire working to solve the globe’s energy, water, and health problems.

The slick video is highly engaging and will appeal to our teens, leaving me to think it’ll be a great selection for my next sub day or the next time I just need a calm day to get some assignments graded. (Keepin’ it real, y’all.)

Here’s the film:

The documentary suits not only our English classes, but also is a good fit for science and business departments. Feel free to copy the link and create your own questions or grab the super-affordable set I built. My five-page set includes sub instructions, a two-page student handout, and a two-page answer key to make grading easy and/or help teachers lead a class discussion. Hope you like it.

Teach on, everyone!

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  1. Really. One day I will pay you back for all this wonderfulness you share.

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  2. Ah, Ms. Mundy, just pay it forward to your students. Hope they like the film. It definitely grabbed my imagination this weekend and I just had to share it with everyone. Hope you’re having a great week! 🙂

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  3. Hi Laura, sounds great for absolutely any curriculum. Getting students to read (watch) and think critically is imperative and essential. Do you see it as a fit/intro/complement to your ’20’ project?
    Thanks for sharing and for keeping it real. 🙂

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  4. Hi Stacey,
    Oh yeah, I think this would make a great “into” activity as you get ready to launch 20Time, or it could also be used as mid-point pick-me-up, especially if your 20Timers are required to have a public service component. For me, I’m not starting 20Time until Feb. and I don’t think I can wait that long to use this, though. New curriculum is like a new toy to me; I just have to take it out of its box and play!

    Hope you’re having a great week,
    Laura

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  5. Thanks, Laura! I took a deep sigh of relief when I saw this.

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  6. My pleasure, Spenceread! Enjoy the breathing room. 🙂

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