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.
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
Of Men and War (About the Film)
In this lesson, students develop a critical awareness of the sources of our ideas about war and what it’s like to be a service member who went to war.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Civics, Government, Media Literacy, Social Studies, U.S. History
Kingdom of Shadows (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will reflect on the role of "demand" in the U.S. war on drugs and U.S.-Mexico border policy and conduct a short social science research study and prepare written and short oral summaries of their results.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, College/Adult
Subjects: Health, Language Arts, Media Literacy
All the Difference (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will use the real life experiences of two young men featured in the documentary All the Difference to reflect on their plans post-high school and begin thinking about their futures, from college to careers. They will explore tools and strategies to guide this preliminary planning for life beyond high school.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Language Arts, Life Skills
The Look of Silence (About the Film)
In this lesson plan, students will practice listening, reading and research skills as they examine this part of Indonesian-U.S. history.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, College/Adult
Subjects: Civics, Government, History, International, Media Literacy, Political Science, U.S. History
Pervert Park (About the Film)
In this lesson plan, students learn about the legality of restrictions placed on individuals who have been convicted of committing sex offenses and have completed their sentences.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Civics, Government, Health, Language Arts, Law
In this lesson plan, students will explore the concept of individuality and how people manifest and then sustain the uniqueness of who they are.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 6-8th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Language Arts, Social Studies
The Birth of Saké (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will reflect on society's changing values around work, workers and progress.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects:
Art and Craft (About the Film)
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
Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (About the Film)
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