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‘World War Z’ At the Movies: Some Critical Thinking Questions

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Media literacy discussion points covering novel-to-film adaptations, marketing, genre, screen violence, and more.

Why Are Zombies So Good for Libraries?

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More than just a craze, the interest in zombies points the way towards a new kind of literacy engagement.

Joss Whedon, Modern Dress Shakespeare, and the Problem of Class in Classrooms

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Both curriculum and pop culture, perhaps not coincidentally, have no problem dealing with class systems when they’re at a remove.

‘Tiger Eyes’ and Transliteracy: Confessions of Someone Who Hasn’t Read the Novel

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‘Tiger Eyes’ is not really an upbeat film—which is, oddly, what makes it so refreshing.

‘Super Pop!’ and Making (Extremely Fun) Connections Across Media

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Quick, what do these have in common… the ‘dingy basements’ in ‘Fight Club’ (the film), the video game Flower, a couple of novels by Harumi Murakami and E.L. Konigsburg, the bathroom in HBO’s ‘Girls,’ Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’s ‘Empire State of Mind,’ and Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’?

This Weekend Forget ‘Gatsby,’ and See ‘The World Before Her’ Instead

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…the most riveting film about gender I’ve seen in a looooong time.

When Curriculum is Media: The Important Lessons of ‘The Revisionaries’

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Students are provided with curriculum in much the same way that religious adherents are provided with scripture, as something whose source and authorship are not be discussed, much less questioned.