Gangs of New York | Letter-Response

We are posting this letter and our response to provide some insight into why we have developed the Movies in the Classroom section and how we intend the material to be used. We hope that anyone else who has had similar concerns will read the following letters for more information regarding this section. ClassBrain Visitor: Hello, I’m not sure why you would have posted a lesson plan for high schoolers on the movie, “Gangs of New York”???? As a mother….I went into the movie review with the description of all the sex and nudity in this movie. I was shocked and would never want my children, high school or otherwise, to have anything to do with this movie? I’m confused why you would even list it ??!! Please reply. Mrs. Marie A. ClassBrain Response: Dear Mrs. Marie A., First and foremost we thank you for your letter and concern as a parent. We stress that it is ultimately up to you to decide the level of exposure to controversial or objectionable movies for your own children. We include the “kids-in-mind” rating system as a way for parents to gauge the level of appropriateness of a film for children viewers. ClassBrain’s “Movies in the Classroom” section, however, is aimed at an audience of teachers and parents and includes films from animation through mature productions. Movies such as Gangs of New York and Schindler’s List are included for the purpose of allowing our parent and teacher patrons the resources to instruct students on specific scenes consisting of historically accurate situations. We leave it up to the teachers to decide if they...