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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 Storm Makers
Why Is It Illegal to Sell People?: Examining Human Rights and Modern-Slavery

An eye-opening look at the cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels human trafficking in Cambodia.

Grade Levels: 11-12th Grade / College/Adult
Subjects: Current Events / History / International / World History

Point and Shoot
War News in the Digital World: Real, Staged, or Both?

In 2006, Matt VanDyke left his home in search of a "crash course in manhood" and ended up amidst a revolution in the Middle East.

Grade Levels: 6-8th Grade / 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Civics / Current Events / Government / Media Literacy

Neuland
Building a New Foundation

One teacher prepares his students for their new life in Switzerland as they struggle to learn a new language, prepare themselves for employment and reveal their innermost hopes and dreams.

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

Beats of the Antonov
Comparing Civil Wars

This lesson uses clips from Beats of the Antonov to provide viewers with important insights into the role of race, racism, ethnicity and economic power in the ongoing conflict. Students will use these insights to reconsider what they know about the U.S. Civil War.

Grade Levels: 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Civics / Current Events / Government / Language Arts / U.S. History

Tea Time
Tea Time as Ritual

In this lesson, students look at tea time rituals either from around the world or in their lives. They explore the cultural and historic origins of these traditions, along with their social value and impact.

Grade Levels: 6-8th Grade / 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Language Arts / Social Studies

Return to Homs
News Writing, Target Audience and the Syrian Conflict

Students will assume the role of a foreign correspondent, reporting on events in Syria for particular target audiences. By the end of the activity, they'll understand the role that target audience plays in how news is reported, and how their policy positions are influenced by that reporting.

Grade Levels: 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Civics / Current Events / Government / Media Literacy / World History

Web Junkie
Investigating Internet Addiction

This lesson uses 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: 6-8th Grade / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Current Events / Health / Language Arts / Media Literacy / Social Studies / Sociology

Tough Love
Child Welfare and the Assessment of "Good Parenting"

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: 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Civics / Law / Social Studies / Sociology

The Overnighters
Evaluating Political Arguments with Community-Based Evidence

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: 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Civics / Economics / Geography / Social Studies / Sociology / U.S. History