Lesson Plan

  • Grades 9-10,
  • Grades 11-12

Developing Informed Opinions in the World of "Likes"

Resources and Standards


This is a list of organizations, websites, articles and other materials that may be helpful to teachers in developing the lesson, or for students as they are researching.

The Film
POV: The War to Be Her
The film's official POV site includes a discussion guide with additional activity ideas and resources, steps to borrow the DVD from the POV Lending Library and other resources.

Women/Girls in Sports

The Sport Journal: "History of Women in Sport Prior to Title IX" and TIME: "She Exposed the Discrimination in College Sports Before Title IX. Now She's a Women's History Month Honoree"
Both of these articles provide accessible information on attitudes toward women's athletic activities and how they have changed over time.

Women's Sports Foundation
Focused primarily on women and girls in the U.S., the Women's Sports Foundation provides important research on the benefits of girls participating in sports.

Islam and Women's Rights

The website for this organization based in the United Kingdom includes a list of links to articles and related organizations.

The website of this advocacy organization founded by Muslim women provides examples of how to make the case that the Koran supports equality for women, girls' education and more.

Sisters in Islam
Sisters in Islam is a Malaysian activist organization fighting for women's equality within Islam. The website includes summaries of debates over issues such as the hijab and age of marriage.

Media Literacy

POV: Media Literacy Questions for Analyzing POV Films
This list of questions provides a useful starting point for leading rich discussions that challenge students to think critically about documentaries.

Project Look Sharp
This website offers a downloadable handout of media literacy analysis questions.


Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects

SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

SL.11-12.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.

SL.11-12.4 Present information, findings and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed and the organization, development, substance and style are appropriate to purpose, audience and a range of formal and informal tasks.

SL.11-12.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating a command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

W.9-10.1, 11-12.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

W.9-10.2d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic.

W.11-12.2d Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary and techniques such as metaphor, simile and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.

W.9-10.4, 11-12.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience.

Content Knowledge: a compilation of content standards and benchmarks for K-12 curriculum by McREL (Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning).

Language Arts, Standard 1: Uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
Language Arts, Standard 2: Uses the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing.
Language Arts, Standard 8: Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes.
Language Arts, Standard 9: Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media.
United States History, Standard 31: Understands economic, social and cultural developments in the contemporary United States.