For Educators

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.
Tribal Justice (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will examine the tribal justice model used in the Yurok tribal court and its impact on defendant Taos Proctor.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 6-8th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Civics, Social Studies
Last Men in Aleppo (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will learn about the history and current status of the war in Syria, reflect on the human cost of war and consider the strengths and weaknesses of different types of news or information sources and understand why checking diverse sources is important.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 6-8th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Current Events, Media Literacy, Political Science, Social Studies, World History
Memories of a Penitent Heart (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will explore how we learn about the past and the many factors that can influence — and at times distort — our understanding of history.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade, College/Adult
Subjects: History, Media Literacy, Social Studies
Shalom Italia (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will gain a deeper understanding of how historical narratives develop by exploring the relationship between place, memory and identity.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 6-8th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Language Arts, Psychology, Social Studies, World History
The War Show (About the Film)
This lesson combines these global and media studies concerns by using clips from The War Show to deepen students’ media analysis skills. It asks students to grapple with multiple types of news and information sources, including an examination of the ways in which documentary films can humanize statistics, policy statements and news reports.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 6-8th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Current Events, Language Arts, Media Literacy, Political Science, Social Studies
Presenting Princess Shaw (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will explore creativity and self-expression and the ways online culture has created new forms of artistic expression. Sharing and using online content in creative and new formats raises numerous ethical dilemmas regarding conditions and permissions, making it a ripe topic for classroom conversations.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 6-8th Grade, 9-10th Grade, College/Adult
Subjects: Arts, Current Events, Language Arts, Technology
Dalya's Other Country (About the Film)
This lesson addresses these combined global and media studies concerns by using clips from Dalya's Other Country to deepen students' media analysis skills. It asks students to grapple with multiple types of news and information sources, including an examination of the ways in which documentary films can humanize statistics, policy statements and news reports.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade, College/Adult
Subjects: Current Events, Language Arts, Media Literacy, Political Science, Social Studies
Thank You For Playing (About the Film)
In this lesson, students delve into common perceptions of video games and then explore how such games might have more substantive uses and impact beyond the traditional uses of gaming for enjoyment and competition.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 6-8th Grade
Subjects: Language Arts, Technology
The Return (About the Film)
In this lesson plan, students learn about people who had been sentenced to life in prison under California's "Three Strikes Law" and due to passage of a voter reform initiative (Prop 36) are now being released.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Civics, Government, Language Arts, Psychology, Sociology
Seven Songs for a Long Life (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will use the documentary Seven Songs for a Long Life by Amy Hardie to explore the experience of living with a terminal illness or providing care for someone with a terminal illness. In doing so, students will also examine their own attitudes toward death and dying. Through the stories of nurses and patients at Strathcarron, students will learn about the challenges of balancing physical care with quality of life and reflect on the value of arts and music in palliative care.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Health, Language Arts, Life Skills, Social Studies