May Videos

You told us you wanted more videos, and we listened. Each month—in addition to one piece of original video content—we’ll be curating the very best on-topic clips and short documentaries, which you can use to complement our articles between the bells. Check out our picks below, and email us if you’ve got a fan favorite in your classroom or other recommendations: choicesmag@scholastic.com. Our ultimate goal is to become a rich repository of appropriate and engaging videos that will help you liven up your classroom. (Take note: If there’s no video for a particular story, that means we didn’t find anything compelling enough to recommend. But again, if you’ve got suggestions, we want to hear them!)

Should Promposals Be Banned?

ABC News: Promposals—Teens Spend Big Money on Big Question 

SummaryThis news clip offers an explanation of the promposal trend and several interesting examples, as well as the average price tag. 

How to Use It: Show this video to set the stage for our promposal debate. Ask students to vote on whether or not promposals are fun and harmless, then see if their opinions change after reading the arguments for each side. 

Runtime: 2:17

Popsugar Girls’ Guide: The Cutest Promposals That Will Melt Your Heart

Summary: Don’t let this video’s title trick you into thinking it’s just for girls. The compilation will give students an idea of just how over-the-top some promposals really are. NOTE: Due to mildly inappropriate language (“Hell yes” at 1:12 and “Hella cute” at 2:25) and some twerking around the 1-minute mark, this video is best reserved for older students.

How to Use It: After reading our debate, show this video and ask students to consider each promposal as they watch: Is it thoughtful? Did the asker spend too much? Might the experience have made the askee uncomfortable? Pause the video frequently to discuss specific asks: Would your students be thrilled or humiliated/annoyed if this happened to them?

Runtime: 2:37 

"My Teammates Saved My Life" 

ABC News: Teen Uses CPR Skills to Save Baby's Life at Wal-Mart Store

Summary: Hear from Abby Snodgrass, one of the teen heroes featured in our story for using CPR to save an infant at a local Wal-Mart.

How to Use It: As a segue into our CPR story, show this video to students and ask them: “Would you know what to do in this situation?”

Runtime: 1:36

American Heart Association: Keep the Beat, Learn Hands-Only CPR

Summary: This fun video demonstrates the two simple steps of Hands-Only CPR: Call 911, and push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives. It also airs the tune “Stayin’ Alive,” which will help students master the chest compression rate (and get stuck in your head for the rest of the day!)

How to Use It: Studies show that simply watching an instructional video can mean the difference between acting as a bystander or a lifesaver in an emergency situation, so show this clip after reading our CPR story to arm your students with the knowledge they need to save a life.

Runtime: 1:31

Who Said It?

Buzzfeed: Childhood Gender Roles in Adult Life 

Summary: This Buzzfeed segment uses humor to identify the gender roles that are forced upon kids from birth—and demonstrating how they would manifest in adult life. 

How to Use It: Show this video before reading "Who Said It?" and challenge students to think of more ways they are "born into" gender stereotypes. Then, have them think about whether those stereotypes align with who they are, what they believe, and what they're passionate about.   

Runtime: 1:47

SheKnows: #HatchKids Discuss Gender Roles and the Rise of #Femvertising 

Summary: Women's lifestyle digital media company SheKnows gathered several tween and teen girls for a candid and insightful discussion about the gender roles present in media and advertising.  
 
How to Use It: Before reading "Who Said It?" provide the class with a variety of magazines and ask them to page through in search of advertisements that perpetuate female stereotypes. Ask students how the ads make them feel and why they are or are not effective. 
 
Runtime: 4:19 

SheKnows: #HatchKids Discuss Male Gender Stereotypes 

Summary: Similar to the #Femvertising piece, this SheKnows clips observes gender stereotypes and body images as they pertain to men, asking tween boys to list male stereotypes and define what it means to "be a man." 
 
How to Use It: Before reading "Who Said It?" ask your students what they think it means to "be a man" and what impact the media's portrayal of masculinity may have on young boys (and girls). Then, have them repeat the magazine advertisement search activity above, this time hunting for male stereotypes. 
 
Runtime: 2:43

MTV: Gender Bent Series 

Summary: MTV's Gender Bent series uses narrated photo animations and historical references to highlight the ridiculousness of the gender stereotypes that we hold true today. The videos are informative, engaging,  and fast-paced, each clocking in at just under one minute. 
 
How to Use It: Each of these videos corresponds perfectly with our gender stereotypes story, allowing your students to gain a better understanding of the concepts that we outline. Use the "Boys are Better at Math" video to expand upon the story's first Big Question: "Are Boys Better at Some Things—and Vice Versa?"; then show the "Pink for Girls, Blue for Boys" video to supplement the story's "The Evolution of Gender" box, and the "Men Don't Cry" video to supplement "The Making of a Stereotype" box. 
 
Runtime: < 1:00
 

The Representation Project: The Mask You Live In 

Summary: The award-winning film by The Representation Project demonstrates how our society’s stereotypes of masculinity are ultimately harming boys and leading to a crisis. NOTE: Due to some inappropriate language, this trailer and video are best reserved for older students. Even then, please review thoroughly before showing.

How to Use It: Show this trailer after reading “Who Said It?” and ask students to think about what masculinity means to them and how the film may have influenced their perspective. Click here to find out how to buy, rent, or stream the full film.

Runtime: 3:09  

The Alzheimer's Advocate 

TED-Ed: What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Summary: This animated voiceover explains how the brain is affected in each stage of Alzheimer’s disease.

How to Use It: Show this video before reading “The Alzheimer’s Advocate” to give students a detailed understanding of Kenneth’s grandfather’s disease.

Runtime: 3:49

HBO: Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?

Summary: Based on a book by Maria Shriver, this documentary tells the stories of five children, ages 6–15, who have grandparents with Alzheimer’s.

How to Use It: Ask students to brainstorm—based on what they learned in the story as well as any personal experience—what struggles families of Alzheimer's patients might face. What fears and concerns might they have for their loved one? For more ideas, head to The Alzheimer’s Project website for a film viewing guide, which features a slew of discussion questions and conversation-starters for teens, and tips for talking about Alzheimer’s disease. 

Runtime: 30:48