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.
Bill Nye: Science Guy (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will learn to articulate why science matters and explore the theory behind using a solar sail for space exploration.
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Subjects: Science, Technology
Do Not Resist (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will hone research skills by learning to ask high-quality questions on the timely issue of police militarization on local communities.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Civics, Government, Law, U.S. History
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
My Love, Don't Cross That River (About the Film)
This lesson, students will compare traditions, beliefs and rituals across cultures and generations and reflect on their own attitudes toward aging and death.
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Cameraperson (About the Film)
In this lesson plan, students will discuss the complex issues of whether and why those who take pictures (or video) of others need to obtain the consent of their subjects.
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Subjects: Language Arts, Media Literacy
The Grown-Ups (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will explore the challenges that adults with Down syndrome face as they struggle to establish independent lives and relationships as "grown-ups."
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 6-8th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Current Events, Health, Language Arts, Social Studies
Joe's Violin (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will explore the value of connecting across generations and the power of music to both heal and inspire.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 6-8th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Arts, Education, European History, History, Performing Arts, U.S. History, World History
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, 9-10th Grade, College/Adult
Subjects: Arts, Current Events, Language Arts, Social Studies, Technology