Teaching Popular Culture (in the high school or college classroom)
Deadline for Submissions: December 30, 2002
SW TX PCA/ACA Annual Conference
Albuquerque, NM Albuquerque Hilton
February 12-15, 2003
How can high school teachers use popular culture effectively in a high school classroom? As educators we often realize that Homer Simpson, Britney Spears, NSYNC and the latest hit movies often influence our students tremendously, that MTV News is more watched than any of the national nightly news anchors, and that our students are keenly aware of the latest advertising and marketing trends. More and more teachers, especially those teaching English, Social Studies, or Journalism, are beginning to realize that an effective way for teenagers to critique society is by having them study popular culture and the media. There are some great teachable moments when we have our students analyze the media and popular culture and use these for powerful instructional units or lessons in our classroom. Papers are needed that address some of the following questions:
What messages from popular culture and the media are being sent to our students?
What lessons can we learn from this? How do you use popular culture to help critique or discuss current events, cultural stereotypes, or important issues facing teens and/or society today?
How do you teach students to analyze or think about popular culture?
What do we learn as educators?
What do the students learn?
How can students better critique the world, themselves, advertisers, or “teen culture?”
How has terrorism affected popular culture and the teaching of popular culture to students?
If any of these issues interest you, please accept this invitation to submit a proposal for the category “Popular Culture in the High School Classroom” for this conference. If you have any questions about the conference or your proposal, please e-mail me and I’d be happy to try to answer your questions. Note: only an idea or abstract is needed at this time, not an entire paper!
Please send abstracts (300-500 words) or entire paper to the address below.
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Plymouth South High School
490 Long Pond Rd.
Plymouth, MA 02360
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