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.
Survivors (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will explore key concepts in public health, such as the definitions of “epidemic” and “intervention” and criteria for national and international emergencies, as well as learn the science of the Ebola virus and the existing gaps in global public health policy.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Current Events, Geography, Health, Sociology, World History
Dark Money (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will learn how donations where the donor is undisclosed are used to finance political campaigns and how investigative journalism has revealed this type of political spending
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Civics, History, Language Arts, Political Science, Social Studies
Voices of the Sea (About the Film)
Debates over U.S. immigration policy, and the xenophobia that often accompanies such debates, are once again center stage. Policy debates are often dominated by statistics and stereotypes, both of which can dehumanize those under examination. This lesson brings the personal stories of migrants back into the debate.
Grade Levels: 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Language Arts, Social Studies, World History
Nowhere to Hide (About the Film)
Using clips from the documentary film Nowhere to Hide, which provides a portrait of civilian life in a volatile Iraqi province following the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011, the lesson asks students to consider the questions they want their political representatives to ask before engaging in active combat.
Grade Levels: 9-10th Grade
Subjects:
Still Tomorrow (About the Film)
In this lesson plan, students will examine stereotypes about people with physical disabilities, conduct research about cerebral palsy, write an “advice blog” addressing such stereotypes as well as consider how they choose what to click on when they do online searches.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Education, Health, Language Arts
The War to Be Her (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will discuss, generate questions and conduct research to arrive at well-informed opinions about whether or not the Taliban is completely responsible for Toorpakai's challenges.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: History, Language Arts, Media Literacy
Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will analyze, consider and respectfully discuss different perspectives on the death penalty.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Civics, Current Events, Language Arts, Philosophy, U.S. History
The Workers Cup (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will consider ethical and legal labor standards, especially as they apply to hiring foreign workers, and develop a plan for investing company resources in an overseas venture.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Current Events, International, Language Arts, Law
Brimstone & Glory (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will learn about Mexico’s National Pyrotechnic Festival and write poems to describe the festival’s main attractions.
Grade Levels: 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Language Arts, Media Literacy
Singing With Angry Bird (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will understand the significance of cultural competence and cultural humility in cultural exchange projects.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Language Arts, Social Studies