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Popular Culture and Literacy

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Lauren Ball

on 1 December 2015

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Transcript of Popular Culture and Literacy

What is Popular Culture?
Encoding and Decoding
Four Resources Framework
Key Issues Raised In The Articles
What Is Popular Culture?
Lauren Ball, Natalie Shymka, Kendra Sowinski, Paige Glowa, and Sarah Curtis
Using modern technology
Technology has become an instrument in building critical inquiry, offering active participation in social networks (Curwood, 2013).
Pedagogical Strategies
SHAKE IT UP !!!!!!
Examples From Field Experience
Popular culture is difficult to define. Even after reading and analyzing five different texts, the definition remains unclear. We did come across key themes and issues regarding popular culture and how it should be integrated into the classroom. The fact that it is still so ambiguous to us after studying it all semester, coincides with the fact that popular culture itself is not static. Rather, it is always evolving and changing with the times.
Username: popculture435
Password: roswita
Hashtag: #popculture435
What immediately comes to mind when you think of popular culture?
**Everyone MUST include the hashtag at the end of their tweet!**
Playing to the interests of the students
If students do not read what interests them they will find other things to do and reading will get left behind (Gutierrez, 2011). It can enact as a hook/attention grabber to draw students into the curriculum.
Remix by
: Lauren Ball, Natalie Shymka, Kendra Sowinski, Paige Glowa, and Sarah Curtis
Making Meaning
Using Texts
Critically Engaging With Texts
Being able to interpret and distinguish the different ways in which media is presented.
e.g., hashtags, yolo, omg, lol, etc.
Creating a personal understanding to various forms of media text.
e.g., teen spending
Using forms of social media to express a personal thought.
e.g., blogs, twitter, text messages, etc.
Students will be able to analyze and think critically about the texts they come across outside of the classroom.
e.g., advertisements.
Teachers fear that they will not know as much as their students, especially since there is a preconceived notion that what teachers teach is considered high culture and they are the keepers of knowledge.
(Guiterrez, 2011)
Popular culture exists because it can be controversial. It can draw negative attention to a subject that is not always appropriate to discuss in a classroom setting.
Miscommunication can occur as a result of social networking, as the tone of what is being said is not always recognized.
(Hull & Stornaiuolu, 2010)
(Gainer, 2012)
Integration of Technology
Creating magazine covers
Body breaks
Callahan, M. & Low, B. (2004). At the crossroads of expertise: The risky business of teaching popular culture. English Journal, 93(3), 52-57.
Gutiérrez, P. (2011). The right to be a fan. Language Arts, 88(3), 226- 231.
Gainer, J.S. (2010). Critical media literacy in middle school: Exploring the politics of representation. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 53(5), 364-373.
Hull, G.A. & Stornaiuolu, A. (2010). Literate arts in a global world: Reframing social networking as cosmopolitan practice. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 54(2), 85-97.
Curwood, J. (2013). The Hunger Games: Literature, literacy and online affinity spaces. Language Arts, 90(6), 417-427.
In Conclusion...
Popular culture is increasingly being implemented, and integrated within schools. Media is now more prevalent than ever, there are so many different forms of it and different ways to interpret it. It is to the point there it is its own form of literacy.
"Helping students to navigate multiple text sources, think critically about messages embedded in texts, and carefully create their own texts, are at the heart of media literacy" (Keller, & Share, 2007).
Use of blogs
The over integration of popular culture

"An important aspect of popular culture is that it exists outside of school and its magic is experienced rather than dissected."
Knowing when to draw the line
Popular Culture can be controversial, as teachers we need to positively facilitate classroom discussions and assignments regarding popular culture.
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(Callahan and Low, 2004).
(Curwood, 2013)
Too Much Freedom

There are negative circumstances that arise from children choosing their own literature. These include choosing literature that is inconsistent with their reading level, or choosing literature that is inappropriate for their age level, or a classroom setting.
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Any Questions?
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Life & Style Magazine Cover, retrieved from: http://gossipdavid.com/2014/05/28/new-life-style-cover-kate-middleton-pregnant-and-only-98-lbs/
The Fear of Being Challenged
Popular Culture and Media can be Interpreted Differently
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