Documentaries with a point of view
POV offers free resources for educators, including 200+ online film clips connected to 100+ standards-aligned lesson plans, discussion guides and reading lists. Registered educators can use any of 80+ full-length films in the classroom for free through our documentary lending library.
In this lesson, students explore the characteristics of an activist and how activism is sustained over time, despite obstacles and consequences, in order to effect societal change.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Civics, Language Arts, Social Studies
In this lesson, students examine common perceptions of and beliefs about mental illness and "debunk myths" (many of which students will first cite).
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade, College/Adult
Subjects: Arts, Language Arts, Psychology, Social Studies
This multi-task lesson asks students to look at the DREAM Act in the context of immigration reform and also to reflect on blogging as civic engagement.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Civics, Current Events, Language Arts, Media Literacy, Social Studies, U.S. History
In this lesson, students explore the connection between art and storytelling, focusing on how art can serve as an empowering, self-actualizing and even cathartic form of self-expression.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, College/Adult
Subjects: Arts
An eye-opening look at the cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels human trafficking in Cambodia.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, College/Adult
Subjects: Current Events, History, International, World History
In 2006, Matt VanDyke left his home in search of a "crash course in manhood" and ended up amidst a revolution in the Middle East.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 6-8th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Civics, Current Events, Government, Media Literacy
One teacher prepares his students for their new life in Switzerland as they struggle to learn a new language, prepare themselves for employment and reveal their innermost hopes and dreams.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Geography, Language Arts, Social Studies
This lesson uses clips from Beats of the Antonov to provide viewers with important insights into the role of race, racism, ethnicity and economic power in the ongoing conflict. Students will use these insights to reconsider what they know about the U.S. Civil War.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Civics, Current Events, Government, Language Arts, U.S. History
In this lesson, students look at tea time rituals either from around the world or in their lives. They explore the cultural and historic origins of these traditions, along with their social value and impact.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 6-8th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Language Arts, Social Studies
Students will assume the role of a foreign correspondent, reporting on events in Syria for particular target audiences. By the end of the activity, they'll understand the role that target audience plays in how news is reported, and how their policy positions are influenced by that reporting.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Civics, Current Events, Government, Media Literacy, World History