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

X-Men/This American Life Cross-Over; Poster available at http://store.thisamericanlife.org

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 Ryan Goble… Uncommon Literacies: Teaching ‘This American Life’ (1)

This American Life logo-v5

Have you ever heard educators complaining that students don’t listen? Guess what? This should not come as a surprise because listening as a literacy is rarely explicitly taught. Pure audio texts provide opportunities to practice this skill.

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

Art by Faith Erin Hicks

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.

Watch These Movies About Fandom Instead of “Comic-Con Episode IV”

Comic Book the movie

Pauline Kael, William Shatner, Mark Hamill, and “Troll 2″… all can help shed light on the teaching, learning, and “literacies” that occur around and within fandom.