Exhibitor Applications for PCC Kids’ Lab 2019 Now Open!

The Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Lab is back and better than ever for Denver Pop Culture Con 2019 (May 31-June 2, 2019), and we are excited to announce that the application for the PCC Kids’ Lab exhibitors is now live! Apply now through December 10, 2018 for the chance...

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Using Han Solo to Teach “The Hero’s Journey”

Teaching writing is more than stringing together words. Stories have a structure. Good stories have a beginning, middle, and end. Great stories teach us something about life and ourselves. Timeless stories; those that affect generations and change how the world...

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How Can I Get My Kids Started Making Their Own Comics?

Visual literacy—the ability to interpret and create visual images—is an important 21st century skill. Kids are exposed to imagery from the internet, video games, television, film, and advertisements every day, and it is important that they are able to think critically...

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Librarians: Use Comics To Connect With Young Readers!

In the 1930’s, when American comics first made the jump from newspaper strips to comic books, they were a smash success with young readers.  The synthesis of images and text in a juxtaposed narrative was accessible, engaging, and entertaining. However, early comics...

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Using Comics to Teach Math!

    Teaching math is an art. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I’ve been doing it for 31 years, and I’m here to tell you that if you’re in front of a classroom in the old-fashioned way, the “sage on the stage” as it were, you’d better have a rhythm like a...

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3 Ways to Use Comics & Superhero Movies to Teach Science

By bringing pop culture into our classrooms as educators, we’re all trying to do the same thing - increase student engagement. But there’s another “e” that we need to be worried about as well: empowerment. Those are the two hills that STEM teachers face daily -...

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The Bechdel Test: Why It’s Important For Students

Representation matters! It’s more than just a hashtag—it’s a fact. When children (and adults) fail to see characters who remind them of themselves represented in the media they consume, they often feel unimportant or invisible, a phenomenon sociologists have termed...

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Why You Should Read Comics With Your Students

If you haven’t already figured it out, this blog is a place for teachers to explore new and innovative ideas about teaching with texts that they might, otherwise, not consider “academic” in a traditional sense. In particular, we talk a lot about teaching with comics...

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Introducing The Greatest Team Ever!

At Denver Comic Con 2018, we premiered the first issue of our new comic book, which features short stories geared toward children 6 and up! The Greatest Team Ever is about a group of young friends who figure out how to face their real-life problems by imagining...

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Our Top 5 Resources for Educators

One of the highlights of attending the educational panels at C2E2 this year was watching my friend Adam interview famed horror author, R.L. Stine. The interview, some of which you can watch here, showed Mr. Stine to be humble, funny, and genuinely endearing. It also...

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The PCC Kids’ Lab Blasts into 2018 with Activities Galore!

Another exciting feature of our 2018 Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Laboratory are our fun-filled Activity Areas, the STEAM Lab and the Crafts and Experiments Zone. We are so excited to bring these areas back into action for Denver Comic Con attendees in 2018! Be sure to...

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Announcing the 2018 Kids Comics Contest Winners!

We at Pop Culture Classroom are excited to announce the winners of our Kids’ Comics Contest 2018!  Every year, we host a Comics Contest to highlight the talent and work of young artists in the area. Their work is reviewed based on art and storytelling by a panel of...

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5 Comics For Teaching Diversity

There’s never been a stronger demand for diverse characters than now, and the comic book industry seems to be listening and responding in kind, giving readers the chance to see themselves and their personal experiences reflected in the pages of their favorite (or...

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FREE Denver Comic Con Admission for Educators!

Are you new to using pop culture in education? Or are you well-versed in the pairing, looking to brush up your skills? Either way, we invite you to attend Educator’s Day at Denver Comic Con 2018.  This year, Educator’s Day is the first day of the con, Friday, June...

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Our Educational Course Returns to Denver Comic Con 2018!

We’re excited to be offering ED 589 for another year at Denver Comic Con! If you haven’t heard about it previously, ED 589 is a course offered exclusively at Denver Comic Con in partnership with Adams State University. The course is Enhancing Education Through Pop...

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5 Ways to Teach Young Children With Comics

My earliest memories of holding a pencil were as a 4-year-old, drawing the same stick figure character on recycled computer paper from my dad’s office (probably with proprietary company secrets on them). I was drawing different things in boxes (which I later found out...

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3 Ways to Use Comics & Superheroes to Teach Social Studies

All educators need to be teachers of reading, no matter their class level or subject area. As comics, graphic novels, and superhero movies become increasingly more popular, they become an easy way to engage students in the classroom. However, using comics is not just...

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Five Empowered Women in Pop Culture

The term “strong female character” gets tossed around so often, but many representations of women in media aren't necessarily all that progressive or empowering. Women aren’t as frequently represented as men, either: Looking at statistics from the past few years, only...

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