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Popular Culture in the Classroom  

A guide to help incorporate popular culture into classroom curriculum.
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SAMPLE IDEAS: CULTURAL TOOLS

TOONDOO Create comic strips to explain a scientific theory 
8TRACKS Create a music playlist of songs that talk about wealth distribution
PINTREST Make an on-line bulletin board of ads that depict social stratification
iMOVIE Have students remix film and television that is reductive to now make a feminist statement
FACEBOOK   Create a page an an historical character and have students interact in character
SECOND LIFE Engage in world building by focusing on specific ecological and/or sustainability considerations

 

 

RECOMMENDED READING

Please note that these titles can be obtained via InterLibrary Loan.

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Teaching in the Pop Culture Zone - Richard G. Smith
ISBN: 1428231013
Publication Date: 2008-06-09

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Digital and Media Literacy - Renee Hobbs
ISBN: 1412981581
Publication Date: 2011-07-12

 

CLASSROOM EXAMPLE 1

Viral campaigns and Internet sensations are easy access points for connecting with students because they don't require any particular understanding of a specific culture. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, for example, has applicability to a wide number of disciplines.

 

CLASSROOM EXAMPLE 2

One effective means of incorporating popular culture into the classroom is to have students apply learned theory to a cultural artifact. In this example, students dissect the possible meaning behind Hoozier's "Take Me to Church" by using analytic tools that are often applied to the study of poetry.

 

CLASSROOM EXAMPLE 3

Projects and assignments which draw upon cultural tools and media references are especially useful. For example, this video playlist shows how popular television shows can be re-cut to make a new feminist or queer argument. The cultural tools employed are video editing software such as Final Cut, iMovie or Windows Media Player and the media references are Sex and the City and Real Housewives.

 

SAMPLE IDEAS: MEDIA REFERENCES

Business: Develop a marketing plan for the new X-Men movie
Engineering: Design a boat for the castaways of Gilligan's Island using only what the castaways have available on the island
English: Use rap music to illustrate poetic meter and rhyme
History: Have students write AU fanfiction
Sociology: Create a collage of ads depicting engendered performance
Law: Look at issues of law presented in How to Get Away with Murder
Math: Use The Hunger Games to discuss probability
Science: Test the validity of the science shown in The Big Bang Theory
 

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