Parents' Guide to

The Rez

By Mary Field, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Futuristic sci-fi pod emphasizes kindness and empathy.

Podcast Social Emotional Learning Gen-Z Media Average run time: 17 minutes
Three sci-fi characters on a turquoise background with the title "The Rez" on the top and "Be kind to the future!" on the bottom.

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The podcast is a standout for 9- to 11-year-olds who enjoy the futuristic sci-fi genre and/or graphic novels. The Rez was created specifically for this age range by taking into account humor, messaging, and comprehension based on child development and research surrounding the brain and learning at these ages. It's a great self-selected listen and could be great for guided listening or reading within a classroom. The story and its messaging lend themselves to writing, speaking, and listening learning standards or can easily be a springboard for social-emotional lessons. Several episodes pose questions about what kindness means and its importance in people's actions and relationships. Beyond kindness, other relevant topics surface through the story linking to media censorship and/or the banning of access to specific funds of knowledge and ways of knowing such as social media, library books, history, and curriculum.

The show's release was accompanied by a graphic novel and the launch of the website, where kids can have the opportunity to leave messages for characters and play games. Having both the book (currently free to download through a link on the website) and the podcast versions of the same story increases access for diverse and varied learners.

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