"In each of the articles the authors critique and rethink the connections among race, class, gender, sexuality power and schooling. From this framework, the articles in this book are grouped around six ways to do critical media literacy with popular culture and media"
- Part 1: Study the Relationship Among Corporations, Youth and Schooling In this section, authors look at how corporations use advertisements to sell and define what popular is. They discuss how schools have been targeted to teach brand loyalty (i.e. the free stickers of popular shows offered in scholastic, or Procter and Gamble send curriculum about health that includes free samples of Tampax).
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- Part 2: Critique How Popular Culture and Media Frame Historical Events and Actors In this section, the authors talk about how history has become popularized by media. They discuss the representation of history within popular books and novels. (i.e. Pocahontas, American Girl Series)
Portrait of Pocahontas from 1616 versus Disney's version of Pocahontas
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- Part 3:Examine Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality and Social Histories in Popular Culture and Media In this section, "the authors challenge gender stereotypes and racist representations is various media locales such as music, videos, movies, toys and cartoons and connect these discussions to existing curricular goals."
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- Part 4: View and Analyze Representations of Teachers, Youth and School In this section, authors look at and analyze how teachers, youth and schools are represented in media. In many films about students and teachers the teacher is portrayed by a white individual who is trying to save a group of under-resourced students. (i.e. Freedom Writers, Blackboard Jungle)
Trailer for the movie Blackboard jungle which according to IMDb is a about "a new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job despite resistance from both students and faculty."
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- Part 5: Take Action for a Just Society In this section, the authors discuss how they can use popular culture and media in their classrooms to examine issues of exploitation, violence, power and privilege.
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- Part 6: Use Popular Culture and Media to Transgress In this section the "authors look at how popular culture and media provide the space and materials the break the rules and challenge the status quo." In these articles, they teach and encourage resistance.
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I find this topic to be extremely interesting and am looking forward to learning more about it through our online class discussions. In my classroom, I use popular culture and media as a motivator more so then an opportunity to teach. For example, I had a student who had a difficult time answering "wh" questions so I used a popular book about Marvel Superheroes to teach him the concept. I'm looking forward to spending some time tomorrow further divulging into the topic and hopefully having time to read one or more of the articles from the collection.
Some articles about incorporating Pop Culture into the classroom: