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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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When I Walk
It's About Access

Jump to: Overview Objectives Activity Extensions Resources Standards OVERVIEW In this lesson, students explore issues of accessibility as they step into their immediate communities to determine a range of physical barriers to those living with disabilities and conceptualize ways...

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

American Promise
Code Switching

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: 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Media Literacy / Multiculturalism / Sociology

56 Up
Reality Media?

In this lesson, students will use clips from 56 Up--the latest installment in one of the world's most famous documentary film series--to examine the differences between "reality" television and documentaries.

Grade Levels: 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: Language Arts / Media Literacy

Brooklyn Castle
School Culture

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 / Language Arts / Life Skills / Multiculturalism / Social Studies / Sociology

Best Kept Secret
Learning about Autism: A Service Learning Project

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: 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade / College/Adult
Subjects: Health / Language Arts / Life Skills / Media Literacy / Sociology

The World Before Her
Contrasting Visions of Womanhood and the Future

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: 9-10th Grade / College/Adult / 11-12th Grade
Subjects: International / Language Arts / Media Literacy / Multiculturalism / Sociology

Ping Pong
Challenging Stereotypes: A New Look at Old Age

In this lesson, students will use film clips from the documentary Ping Pong to examine stereotypes about senior citizens.

Grade Levels: 9-10th Grade / 6-8th Grade
Subjects: Health / Language Arts / Media Literacy

5 Broken Cameras
5 Broken Cameras: How Storytellers Shape the Story

In this lesson, students will describe a film scene using two different styles, their own personal perspectives and that of a journalist.

Grade Levels: 9-10th Grade / 11-12th Grade / College/Adult
Subjects: International / Language Arts / Media Literacy

Neurotypical
Neurodiversity: Negotiating the World…Differently

In this lesson, students explore how people who are "differently wired"--or not "neurotypical"--negotiate, view and interact with the world.

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