Film Theory Teacher Resources
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Political Theory - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
8 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Are politicians destined to be corrupt, or is there hope for morality in the political world? Use the video to teach pupils Rousseau's theories behind corruption in Western civilization. The visuals help to further enhance understanding.
An Introduction to John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice
3 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Justitia, the Roman symbol of justice, is traditionally pictured as blindfolded, holding a sword in one hand and a balance scale in the other to represent that idea that justice should be independent of wealth, power, or status. But how...
Political Theory - Friedrich Hayek
12 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Friedrich Hayek is known for his theories on the connection between economics and political science—and the way they influence each other. An informative video describes Hayek's political philosophy and his views on the importance of a...
The Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture
15 mins 8th - Higher Ed CCSS: Designed
Got milk? Only two cultures have had it long enough to develop the tolerance of lactose as an adult. Learn how the responsible genes evolved along with the cultures that have been consuming milk. This rich film is supplied with a few...
Political Theory - John Locke
9 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Your high schoolers may be tabula rasa about political theory until they learn about John Locke. Use a thought-provoking video to teach them about his philosophies on the natural rights of all humans, religious tolerance, and of course,...
Political Theory - Niccolò Machiavelli
7 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Do the words politician and moral go together? Machiavelli argues that an effective politician does not always act moral. Learners take an in-depth look at his theories about leaders by watching a video about government. To keep your...
Dark Matter: The Matter We Can't See
6 mins 7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
It's looking like the dark side is bigger than we thought! Physicists speculate that perhaps 96% of the universe consists of invisible dark matter and dark energy, while only 4% is what we can view with the aided eye. This flabbergasting...
Political Theory - William Morris
5 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
An item that lasts forever becomes truly priceless. The video teaches about the political theories pondered by William Morris. Featuring primary sources, visual aids, and an interesting narrative, scholars are both entertained and...
Political Theory - John Ruskin
6 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Beauty and Capitalism—not two words you usually see together. John Ruskin, a prominent political thinker definitely did not think so. Teach pupils about the political theory behind aesthetics and why some countries may value beauty over...
The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes
9th - Higher Ed
Adaptations must be made as environments change. This fabulous presentation features Icelandic icefish, a transparent, scaleless specimen that even has colorless blood. Genetics and adaptations concepts are explored as scientists study...
"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Day 12
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Class members compare the final 30 minutes of Lucas's Star Wars: A New Hope with Act V of Doescher's play, William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope and consider how the choice of media influences viewers' impression of the...
The Economics of Ghostbusters
10 mins 10th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
How do the men of Ghostbusters represent entrepreneurship, the market economy, and government oversight? This video provides unique insight into the risks of startup companies, as well as the foundational features of a market economy,...
Is There a Center of the Universe?
4 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
The history of our understanding of the center of the universe is explored through this film. The ideas of Aristotle, Copernicus, Bruno, Descartes, and Herschel are included, as well as the new discoveries that have helped the theories...
Special Relativity and the Twin Paradox
6 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Everyone knows that one twin is always older in a pair. But, could a twin be years older? A video from an extensive physics playlist explains Einstein's theory of special relativity. Topics include the speed of light, special versus...
Got Lactase? The Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture
8th - 12th
Does the human body evolve as quickly as human culture? With a stellar 15-minute video, explore the trait of lactose intolerance. Only about 1/3 of human adults seem to still have the enzyme lactase and therefore, the ability to digest...
What's in a Name? Considering the Shakespeare Authorship Question
10th - 12th
Did Shakespeare really write all that stuff? After viewing a trailer for the film, Anonymous and reading Stephen Marche’s article “Wouldn’t It Be Cool If Shakespeare Wasn’t Shakespeare?” class groups read articles about the Shakespeare...
The Making of the Fittest: Evolving Switches, Evolving Bodies
15 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
How did the stickleback fish, which was once ocean bound, evolve to be able to persist in freshwater lakes? Hear from the scientists who identified the genes and related switches that allowed these survivors to adapt. In addition to the...