Popular Culture and Why Students Should Write About It
A few definitions ...
From Signs of Life in the USA, popular culture “is that segment of culture that incorporates the activities of everyday life, including the consumption of consumer goods and the production and enjoyment of mass-produced entertainments” (564).
Common Pop Culture Topics: Film, Music, Gaming, Trends, Advertising, the Internet.
How I use popular culture in my classes:
English 093 [now 098]: Graphic novels [Maus] to help students make connections from developmental to English 101 standards of reading and writing
English 101: research essay and annotated bibliography around a particular theme in popular culture [Monsters]
English 101: film, short films, music, etc. to reinforce literature; focus on an episode in the short story or drama section of the course to explain visual literacy and how it is not tied to simply words in print
Literature classes: look at the evolution of a work or an author through the lens of popular culture
For sample assignments, please see the section below.