Pop culture in the classroom

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  1. catnfiddle

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    I was a little worried about using this when I have a lot of ESL students in my class, but it turns out that even those who are still learning English have a fascination with Judge Judy! This discovery made it a snap to teach them the importance of textual evidence in their explanatory writing. I created a PowerPoint to explain the guidelines for the format as well as the prompt, each one with a picture of Judge Judy's reaction. My students started calling me Judge Fiddle by the end of class, but they worked together to gather evidence as a pre-writing exercise.

    How have you used popular culture to teach a class?
     
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    That is a riot. I love Judge Judy. A lot of her plaintiffs could use your class. Far too many of them have zero evidence.
     
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    That is funny.
    When I taught first graders during March the PA would play Irish music, so we would all pretend to riverdance. All of them still remember that. Lol
     
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    Very cool! Would you be able to share that lesson?
     
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    Oh I do it all the time. I read The Martian a few months ago and for about a week my questions revolved around the story line. Now that the movie is out I've had lots of kids come up and tell me they went to see it.

    I use lots of music and examples from pop culture. In the past for Hispanic Heritage month I've shown a really great Spanish music video. Tomorrow I'm showing OKGO's music video as an example of a Rube Goldberg machine.
     
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    Yes, it works wonders. I love the Judge Judy idea, and yes, I enjoy the show as well. Good luck with it.
     
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    I can send the PowerPoint to you or anyone else, if you're interested. I cannot send a recording of the actual lesson because student names are visible.
     
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    That is awesome!! LOL

    The News2You lessons are current event based. I would love the Judge Judy stuff!!
     
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    Sure! That would be awesome. You can send it through PM if you want.
     
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    I think that TV and movies can be great in the classroom. A psychology teacher that I know uses the movie, A Beautiful Mind, to teach schizophrenia and other related topics since they are difficult to explain. In that situation, it's easier for students to get a visual than to read about it in a book.

    Dead Poets Society
    has depictions of interpreting text and becoming a free thinker. Despicable Me has moments of storytelling and observing facts. The Office, The Big Bang Theory, and Jaws have a few scenes on grammar and literary elements such as foreshadowing (Jaws). There are plenty of teachable moments in popular culture which I think we can use to our advantage.
     
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    Ooh I would like that as well....thank you!
     
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    I have used superheroes plenty of times, although I make sure that I bring in a healthy mix of male an females as well as superheroes of all colors. That's why I use comic books instead of comic book movies; the movies are still behind the comics in the diversity aspect. In all those Avengers-related films, teams are usually a sausage fest (with a lone token female), plus every Avenger is white. Since I am a fan of comics myself, I bring into the classrooms a well-balanced showing of white, black, Hispanic, Asian, and other characters of diverse nationalities, as well as lots of superheroines of all colors. It would be easier to simply use the same ole same ole (Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, and Wonder Woman) but it's important to me that all my students see themselves reflected in the lessons.
     
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