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Here is a list of videos that we use in our classes. Documentaries are a great starting point for discussions or even for motivating students to get involved in bigger projects.



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Great collection of documentaries on many different subjects. It's a website all teachers should explore. There is definitely something to support your lesson here.


The Day After Peace is an inspirational video documentary about Jeremy Gilley’s determination. It follows him on his journey to try to establish an international day of peace. Along the way, he gets some help from a few celebrities who help him overcome some of the obstacles. They are also able to use their star-power to facilitate the very difficult process.

After watching the documentary, you’ll be a fan of Jeremy Gilley. You’ll also search for your own way to make peace one day.

Length: 1:21




Scam City New York City


This is a must to properly prepare you students for:

The Dangers of New York City

(Times Square mascots, Canal Street vendors, pickpockets, etc.)

Length: 47 minutes

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In Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier, FRONTLINE presents an in-depth exploration of what it means to be human in a 21st-century digital world. Award-winning producer Rachel Dretzinembarks on a journey to understand the implications of living in a world consumed by technology and the impact that this constant connectivity may have on future generations.


Length: 1:26 minutes



An Inconvenient Truthis a 2006 Academy Award winning documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim about former United States Vice PresidentAl Gore's campaign to educate citizens about global warming via a comprehensive slide show that, by his own estimate made in the film, he has given more than a thousand times.

Length: 46 minutes is filled with videos of talks on different subjects. Here, you’ll discover fascinating people through speeches and profiles of great young minds. There are videos to simply browse through or to show in class.

T.E.D. stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design.

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CBC's Marketplace has many consumer awareness and public interest documentaries.

Check out one of my favourite about Faking Online Reviews:


Length: 22 minutes

This one from Marketplace answers the question:  

Who pays more for goods and services?

Length: 15 minutes




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The Merchants of Cool is a 6-part documentary by Frontline reporters from PBS which demonstrates the great lengths advertisers go to influence the buying behaviour of teenagers. Your students will be surprised by the huge amounts of money that companies invest in trying to gain their business.

Length: 1:26 minutes




Watch free online documentaries from our very own National Film Board of Canada. They have a wide array of documentaries to suit all themes.


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A wide variety of documentaries brought to you by the CBC.

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This documentary, Last Call At the Oasis 2011, takes a look at the possibility of a global water crisis and examines the vital role water plays in sustaining Earth's ecosystem and human life. Based on the book "Ripple Effect" by Alex Prud'homme.


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