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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.
Lesson Plans: All Subjects (All Grades)
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The Act of Killing
The Banality of Evil and Modern Atrocities

In this lesson, students will consider Arendt's concept of "the banality of evil" in the case of the mass killings in Indonesia in 1965-66.

Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade / College/Adult
Subjects: Current Events / Geography / History / International / Language Arts / Philosophy / Political Science / Psychology

Koch
The Qualities of a Politician

In this lesson, students examine the qualities of a politician to determine which characteristics the most effective political leaders possess.

Grade Levels: 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Current Events / Government / Language Arts / Political Science / Social Studies

The Genius of Marian
The Art of Caregiving

In this lesson, students delve into the role of family members acting as caregivers for those who are ill, elderly, disabled or otherwise not able to care for themselves regularly and efficiently.

Grade Levels: 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Health / Language Arts / Psychology / Social Studies

After Tiller
Precedent, Privacy, Science and Religion: The Complex Challenges of Making Laws about Abortion

This lesson provides an opportunity to practice respectful dialogue. Using film clips that humanize a topic that is often obscured by well-rehearsed rhetoric, students will examine the complex rationales for U.S. laws governing abortion.

Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade / College/Adult
Subjects: Civics / Current Events / Health / Law / Philosophy / U.S. History

Big Men
Global Economics: Big Men Versus Big Oil

In this lesson, students will practice writing, listening, discussion and research skills as they compare and contrast global economic models of oil exchange and examine the impacts of these models on local communities.

Grade Levels: 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Current Events / Economics / Government / International / Social Studies / World History

A World Not Ours
The "Right of Return": Interpreting International Law

In this lesson, students will interpret the text of the declaration for themselves, and they'll do so having looked at the story from the perspective of a real family whose members were displaced.

Grade Levels: 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Civics / Current Events / Law / Multiculturalism / U.S. History / World History

15 to Life: Kenneth's Story
Should Juveniles Be Sentenced to Life in Prison?

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: 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Economics / Government / Law / Psychology / Sociology

Fallen City
Memorializing Tragedy

In this lesson, students explore how tragedies, such as the 2008 earthquake that devastated China's mountain city of Beichuan, are or can be memorialized in a sensitive, inclusive and meaningful manner through museums, landmarks and other types of memorials.

Grade Levels: 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Current Events / Language Arts / Social Studies

Dance for Me
Partners on the Dance Floor

In this lesson, students will practice writing, listening and discussion skills as they follow two young competitive dancers on their journey to the European championship. Through their story, students will explore the benefits and sacrifices that come with making early career choices and examine the complexity that cultural differences add to their experience.

Grade Levels: 6-8th Grade / 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Arts / Education / Foreign Languages / Life Skills / Multiculturalism / Performing Arts / World History