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.
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
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
Hooligan Sparrow (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will establish what the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article 35 of the Chinese Constitution say about freedom of speech and assembly. They will also research and write biographies of American activists that compare U.S. government treatment of those activists with treatment of the Chinese activist known as Hooligan Sparrow by her country's government. In an informal but focused conversation, they will share with classmates what they have learned about their assigned activists and about free speech.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Government, International, Language Arts, U.S. History, World History
From This Day Forward (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will analyze stereotypes about transgender people, solidify their understanding of the terms sex, gender, gender expression, transgender, cisgender, learn to ask probative questions, distinguish fact from opinion and conduct research and evaluate sources for credibility and relevance.
Grade Levels: 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Education, 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
What Tomorrow Brings (About the Film)
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to cite the educational opportunities young people generally have in the United States, recognize the obstacles Afghan girls face when it comes to education, compare and contrast U.S. and Afghan girls' educational opportunities, and name some of the social, political and economic benefits educated girls can bring to Afghanistan (and/or other developing nations).
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 6-8th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Language Arts, Social Studies
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