Curriculum and Resources: Trash-Out

What can you learn about a family by examining the things they're left behind? Watch this short 5-minute film by POV and explore other PBS resources about the foreclosure crisis.
PBS POV Trash Out

Trash-Out documentary, PBS POV



What can you learn about a family by examining the things they’ve left behind?
Trash-Out is filmed through the perspective of a company cleaning out a foreclosed house. Through this film and its accompanying lesson, your students will learn about the steps in the foreclosure process and about foreclosure rates in your local area. The short documentary by filmmaker Maria Fortiz-Morse is part of PBS’s program, “POV,” a showcase for independent, non-fiction film.

To watch Trash-Out online, click here

Get the lesson plan on home foreclosures here

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