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
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
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
Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) (About the Film)
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
Cutie and the Boxer (About the Film)
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
The Storm Makers (About the Film)
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
Point and Shoot (About the Film)
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
Neuland (About the Film)
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
Beats of the Antonov (About the Film)
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