Bring It to Class Unpacking Pop Culture in Literacy Learning

ISBN-10: 0807750611

ISBN-13: 9780807750612

Edition: 2010

Authors: Margaret C. Hagood, Donna E. Alvermann, Alison Heron-Hruby, Kylene Beers

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Students’ backpacks bulge not just with oversize textbooks, but with paperbacks, graphic novels, street lit, and electronics such as iPods and handheld video games. This book is about unpacking those texts to explore previously unexamined assumptions regarding their usefulness to classroom learning. With a strong theoretical grounding and many practical examples, the authors speak to both skeptical instructors who favour traditional canonical literature and to technology enthusiasts who already use popular music or video in their classrooms. Each chapter includes teacher, administrator, media specialist, librarian, and student voices; classroom activities; adaptable lessons; and professional study-group questions. Bring it to Class features: a researched rationale for using pop culture in middle school and secondary classrooms as well as school libraries and media centers; field-tested teaching approaches that will connect adolescents with school-based learning and motivate their literacy practices in and out of class; and an easy-to-use format that includes classroom vignettes, sample lessons, and a glossary of key terms.
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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 9/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Kylene Beers, a former middle school teacher, is Senior Reading Advisor to Secondary Schools with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University. She is the author of When Kids Can't Read - What Teachers Can Do (Heinemann, 2002) and coeditor - with Robert Probst and Linda Rief - of Adolescent Literacy (Heinemann, 2007). A respected authority on struggling readers who works with elementary, middle school, and high school teachers across the nation, Kylene was recently elected Vice President of the National Council of Teachers of English to assume the presidency in 2008.

Introduction: What's in Your Backpack?
A Textual Day in a Life
Reflection Activity: What's Your Textual Day in a Life Look Like?
What's the Hang Up with Pop Culture and Texts?
Views of Pop Culture
Reflection Activity: What Are My Views of Pop Culture?
Additional Resources
Unpacking Pop Culture
What Do We Mean by Pop Culture Texts?
What Interests You and Your Students in Pop Culture?
Connecting Pop Culture Texts to Concepts in the Curriculum
How Does Multimodality Figure In?
Reflection Activity: Critical Reading of a Blog
Pop Culture in Action: A Blueprint for a Blogging Project
Challenges to Using Pop Culture Texts in School
Additional Resources
How Does Pop Culture Connect to Standards?
Standards Influence How We View Pop Culture
How Has Pop Culture Been Used in Schools?
Reflection Activity: Literacy of Fusion
Linking Pop Culture and Academic Standards
Pop Culture in Action: Paul Reverse Uses MapQuest
Reflection Activity: Understanding Visual Literacy
Making Pop Culture Valid
Additional Resources
Connecting to Audiences, Connecting to the Canon
Memorizing Lyrics: It's All About Comprehending
Going Backstage with Students
Pop Culture in Action: Connecting Rap Lyrics to a Unit on Bullying
Center Stage: Adolescents Authoring Texts for Peer Audiences
Texts That Connect: Or Do They?
Reflection Activity: Fractured Expectations and Experiences of Text
Additional Resources
Connecting Pop Culture to Text Interpretation
What Is Interpretation?
Pop Culture in Action: "The Freshman"
Reflection Activity: Interpretive Communities in the Content Areas
Pop Culture and Conceptual Understanding
Pop Culture in Action: The Day the Earth Stood Still
Pop Culture as Interpretation
Additional Resources
Who Do People Think I Am, and Who Do I Want to Be?
How Do We Use Pop Culture to Construct Identity?
Identity and Subjectivity Played Out
Reflection Activity: Rewind and Redo?
Challenges to Creating a Community of Trust
Reflection Activity: Representations of Teacher Identities in Popular Culture
Connecting Student Identity, Teacher Identity, and Instruction
Pop Culture in Action: Adolescents' Readings of Identities in Media
Additional Resources
Conclusions: Connecting Across Generations via Turning Around Pedagogies
Connecting Across Generations
Making a Space for Learning with 21st-Century Texts in Schools
Taking Stock
Reflection Activity: Time to Repack?
"Turn-Around" Pedagogies
So How Do We Bring on This Turning Around?
Reflection Activity: Strategies for Small Steps
Last Words
Additional Resources
Classroom Resources
About the Authors
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