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PBS LearningMedia Presents POV Watch Club

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To support your continued growth and efforts to use documentaries in your classrooms, we are excited to present POV Watch Club!

How It Works
Every month, PBS will showcase a POV documentary for you to screen at home. POV is television’s longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films. Together, we will provide you with free access to a POV documentary highlighting intimate storytelling and contemporary social issues. The last week of the month, we will release an “aftershow” - a short segment that highlights how this film can be used in classrooms and dives into relevant social issues in each film. We'll share free lesson plans, reading lists, and discussion guides created with you in mind.

Week 1: Sign Up
For July, we will show The Neutral GroundThe Neutral Ground documents New Orleans’ fight over monuments and America’s troubled romance with the Lost Cause. In 2015, director CJ Hunt was filming the New Orleans City Council’s vote to remove four confederate monuments. But when that removal is halted by death threats, CJ sets out to understand why a losing army from 1865 still holds so much power in America. A co-production of POV and ITVS, in association with the Center for Asian American Media. A co-presentation of Black Public Media and the Center for Asian American Media. Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival.

Register below to receive the link to watch the documentary.

Week 2: Let’s Watch Together
Join hundreds of educators across the nation and screen the free documentary from home. You will receive an email with the link to watch the documentary the first week of the month. After you watch, share your own questions, teaching ideas, and comments to our community board padlet. 

Week 3: Let’s Talk
Engage with us on on padlet! Ask and answer questions from your fellow educators across the country.

Week 4: After Show
At the end of each month, come back to the TeachersLounge for an exclusive After Show with the PBS team, POV Engage,and special guests! We will dig into each documentary’s educational and social relevance. Expect conversations about anti-racist teaching approaches, ideas for critical media literacy integration, examples of how to bring POV’s free lesson plans and PBS LearningMedia into your classroom, and responses to your questions! Expect a casual, light-hearted, and laughter-filled conversation— we want to have fun, dish about docs, and talk about teaching! 

PBS will provide a two hour certificate of attendance at the end of the month.

See you there! 

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