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Moonrise Kingdom’s Lesson: Tweens are the New Teens… and the New Adults

Stories about tweens simply aren’t like those about teens or adults or “children”…

Guest Post by Ryan Goble… Uncommon Literacies: Teaching ‘This American Life’ (2)

If our job as educators is to engage the hearts and minds of our students I can think of no better pop cultural text than “This American Life” to uncover the silly, strange, and sublime states of the human condition with our students.

Guest Post by Robin Brenner… This Summer’s Female Heroes: Fighting More Than One Battle (2)

The mainstream comics industry has been roundly (and justifiably) criticized for its problematic representation of women as well as its reluctance to acknowledge women as a fanbase with valid opinions.

(Re)Connecting the Pop: The Hunger Games, Election 2012, Ray Bradbury, The Avengers

Revisiting some of the pop culture topics covered here over the past few months by way of sharing some related links that get at media literacy, visual literacy, and transliteracy.

“Movie-Proofing”: An Engaging Way to Build Transliterate Connections Between Page and Screen

How to make sure that a ticket for a movie adaptation doesn’t simply translate to a decent score on a comprehension-based quiz on the source novel?

Media Read: My “Hunger Games” Scrapbook of Oddities and Resources

“Keep Calm and Shoot Straight”: cupcakes, Barbie dolls, lists of alternative texts, movie reviews, nonfiction comics and other media artifacts inspired by the film adaptation of The Hunger Games.

Mighty, Mighty Mythology: The George O’Connor Interview

“Hollywood is going to change any story as they see fit, to make what they think is a better movie, so mythological inaccuracy doesn’t tend to bother me. As long as they capture the feeling, the essence of a story, I’m cool with changes…”