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Pop Culture in the Classroom And Common Core

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Ashley N. Baca

on 25 April 2013

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Teaching for The
Common Core Pop Culture in the Classroom "Literature into Film (and Back Again): Another Look at an Old Dog" states the process of using film adaptations to teach literature. John Golden says that the general mistake of teachers is focusing on the difference between the book and the film. Steps:
Laying a background for film: Literary, theatrical and cinematic.
Teaching students what a "movie review" actually is, and what words reviews typically use. The students must them compare this to "film analysis."
The students then know to keep these review words out of their analyses.
Balance something Analytical with something creative. Literature into Film (and Back Again) Teaching Multiculturalism
through Television Using Film Adaptations Clips for Teaching Literature Many schools are still transitioning into working with the new generations.
YouTube is blocked by many school boards still for student use; this is mostly done as a response to the inability to filter the content. Although this is changing, we are not quite there yet.
Despite this, YouTube has become a frequent aspect of student lives, its plays a major part in popular culture today.
Not only does it give access to clips from tv shows, movies, music, the news, that the students can relate to in the classroom, but it also has its own clips and series that can be highly educational while still enjoyable to the students.
YouTube offers millions of videos to be used in the classroom. At the end of the 20th Century, and the 21st Century, Popular Culture was changing to adapt to the new ideologies in America. The nuclear family became a main tool to promote certain values. On television, diverse groups of people were given similar characteristics. The idea was that everyone could have the American dream. What they weren't paying attention to were these people's culture. The Cosby show began in the 1980s. Television had begun to place other cultures into what they saw as the White American dream. Bill Cosby's character is saying that if you assimilate you will be accepted. He doesn't discuss race at all. The idea was to persuade people to be the same way. This hasn't changed today The Cosby Show Implications in the Classroom This example of the Cosby Show, for example, can be used in the classroom to explain differences between cultures and how they should be celebrated. The example of Modern Family, could be used to view what different families may look like, and explore what constitutes a family.

A secondary school class can look into the history of film and the way culture has been perceived in Hollywood through various decades. Students will be able to do various activities with the way different cultures have been perceived in film as well as in literature throughout different time periods. It is easier now, than ever before to use different adaptations to enhance student engagement and understanding. You can also do this to teach the Elements of Literature. Rather than showing students the entire film, it is easier to show them multiple adaptations of the same scene. By giving students a background in some film theory, we can engage them in a discourse about why certain directorial choices were made (ex. Setting, language, costuming, camera angle, music, etc.), and how that changes their understanding of that moment. Also, students can explore how they, as the audience for this type of popular culture, might change the way adaptations are made. Furthermore, we can get students to look at popular adaptations of literature to see how and if the themes of the literature are changed or simply updated. What defines something as timeless? Why do novels make great movies and TV shows? How do graphic novels factor into this debate? Getting students involved in discussion about aspects of their popular culture and then connecting it to the material that they are reading will help to find more meaning in that material. Not only are YouTube and other similar video sights useful for original and educational clips, but also for access to clips from popular television shows.
Television plays a huge role in Pop Culture, students love when it can be brought into a lesson in any way.
Used not only to motivate students to work, but also as a helpful example in certain circumstances.
Bringing in Pop Culture the students are much more intrigued and interested in assignments.
In this instance with "The Monkey's Paw" those who did not particularly understand or enjoy the short story, which is really old, were given a good idea of the fundamentals.
Also, this pop culture reference is useful because in this case it shows students how they would have to work at adapting themes and narrative into visuals that could be seen in a stage production.
Also, as seen in the , Connecting the Digital Dots: Literacy of the 21st Century, by having students study and analyze various adaptations as well as write their own they are taught a number of different analytical skills at once. Educational YouTube The Monkey's Paw Popular TV Adaptations and their use in the Classroom Discussion What other ideas can we incorporate in our classrooms for the Common Core?
Have you done anything in your classroom that uses Pop Culture?
Questions about the readings?
Topics to Consider:
Graphic Novels/Comic Books
Social Media/Memes/Social Sharing Pick your best idea and share it with the class on how you would do it using Common Core The Common Core "To become college and career ready, the Common Core Standards require that students master digital literacy, which is the ability to gather facts from narrative or informational texts in any source or format, understand and use the information appropriately, and then be able to communicate it to others using a variety of print, audio and visual media."(k-12 Digital Decisions) Modern Family is an American comedy series which debuted on ABC in 2009. Presented in mockumentary style, the fictional characters frequently talk directly into the camera. It tells of Jay Pritchett, his second wife, baby son and stepson, and his two children and their families. This series brings together examples of modern, mixed, non-nuclear families that our students can relate to. Modern Family Technology is an advantage in the classroom for the following reasons:
Motivates students in their learning due to their enjoyment and ease of use with various technological mediums.
Reaches students of various learning styles. Technology use applies to and compliments Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences.
Allows students to create and design their own unique products reflective of their personalities and learning needs/styles.
Encourages students to manipulate media to construct their own meaning.
Enables students to easy share their learning with teachers, families and peers.
Gives students the chance to explore technological mediums which in inevitable increase job skills that employers look for in the workforce.
(Purposeful Technology-Constructing Meaning in 21st Century Schools) Lessons with
Pop Culture
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