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ERIC Number: ED442720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 32
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Curriculum and Popular Culture: Building Bridges and Making Waves.
Morrell, Ernest
This paper explores the potential of incorporating elements of popular culture such as music, film, and court trials as a bridge to help students traditionally alienated by the canonical texts they confront in the "standard" curriculum to conquer and gain a critical understanding of those texts. Sometimes complex, canonical texts can be intimidating and alienating to certain students, especially those with limited exposure to these texts. Those same students exhibit the critical and analytical skills that would serve them well in-class around elements of popular culture. Several units were designed for an urban high school population that combined a major film or genre of popular music with a canonical text of similar themes. The first unit analyzed for the project begins with"The Godfather Trilogy" and incorporates Homer's "Odyssey", while the second unit joins Richard Wright's "Native Son" with the film "A Time To Kill." The paper hopes to call attention to the need for more teacher-conducted classroom research and also to encourage creative approaches to instruction that emanate from the worlds and perceptions of the students and are based on a sound theoretical framework. (Contains 11 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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