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
The Overnighters (About the Film)
Providing students with the skills to evaluate and analyze political speech is a natural way to merge the goals of civics education with CCSS ELA and NCSS C3 standards.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Civics, Economics, Geography, Social Studies, Sociology, U.S. History
Tough Love (About the Film)
In this lesson, students examine what "good parenting" is and who can make that call, with an emphasis on child welfare agencies that decide whether children can remain with their parents.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Civics, Law, Social Studies, Sociology
Web Junkie (About the Film)
This lesson uses the POV documentary Web Junkie as a springboard for a project-based research exercise, assigning students to investigate whether Internet addiction is a problem in their community.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 6-8th Grade
Subjects: Current Events, Health, Language Arts, Media Literacy, Social Studies, Sociology
American Promise (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will practice writing, listening and discussion skills as they learn about "code switching" -- who does it, when, where and why they do it and how it is problematic when it reinforces discrimination.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Civics, Media Literacy, Multiculturalism, Sociology, U.S. History
Getting Back to Abnormal (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will practice listening, research and discussion skills as they analyze American race relations and issues of political representation. The investigation will use a recent New Orleans City Council election as a case study.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Civics, Language Arts, Multiculturalism, Sociology, U.S. History
15 to Life: Kenneth's Story (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will practice writing, listening, discussion, and research skills as they examine policies around juvenile sentencing in the United States.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Economics, Government, Law, Psychology, Sociology
The World Before Her (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will watch a segment of the film The World Before Her and then compare and contrast the very different visions of "true womanhood" endorsed by the film's two protagonists.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade, College/Adult
Subjects: International, Language Arts, Media Literacy, Multiculturalism, Sociology
Best Kept Secret (About the Film)
This lesson involves older students in a service learning project to create an activity or piece of media that helps younger students learn about autism and, where relevant, their classmates.
Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade, 9-10th Grade, College/Adult
Subjects: Health, Language Arts, Life Skills, Media Literacy, Sociology
Brooklyn Castle (About the Film)
In this lesson, students will be introduced to the definition of "school culture" and use it to examine the school culture at I.S. 318, the middle school featured in the film Brooklyn Castle.
Grade Levels: 6-8th Grade, 9-10th Grade
Subjects: Civics, Education, Language Arts, Life Skills, Multiculturalism, Social Studies, Sociology