Occasionally, educators may supplement their curriculum with films in order to illustrate a particular curricular-related concept and further students’ understanding of techniques, processes, ideas, and principles. Use of commercial content, such as films, can often enhance students’ understanding, provide multiple interpretations, stimulate discourse and spark critical thinking and creativity. In this way films add educational value to the learning process.
A film rated “R” by the Motion Picture Association of America, requires a viewer under 17 years of age to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Whether viewing an “R” rated film in its entirety or specific sections, within the school environment, many school systems require written parental/guardian permission allowing a student to view the film under the supervision of the educator. Additionally, many school systems also require an alternative assignment that must be provided for students not viewing the film. Each school system is different, and educators should check and follow the policy of their specific school system. Additionally, while parental permission may need to be granted in order to screen R-rated selections within the K-12 setting, the Prime Video Story Resources and Materials site provides educational materials not only for the K-12 audience, but also for collegiate audiences that are over the age of 18. As such our team provides a diverse selection of films capable of serving as many audiences as possible.
If you have questions about the content of a specific movie or TV show, you can visit Common Sense Media.