The Bechdel Test: Why It’s Important For Students

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

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!

Introducing The Greatest Team Ever!

At Denver Pop Culture 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

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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Announcing the 2018 Kids Comics Contest Winners!

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

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 Pop Culture Con Admission for Educators!

FREE Denver Pop Culture 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 Pop Culture Con 2018.  This year, Educator’s Day is the first day of the con, Friday,...

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5 Ways to Teach Young Children With Comics

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

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

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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Game Design for Adults

Game Design for Adults

Beginning in April, Pop Culture Classroom is offering a variety of pop culture themed workshops, designed for a number of age groups (and even a few directed at adults). And speaking of adults, this is one just for you!  If you’re interested in designing your own...

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Is Pop Culture in the Classroom a Path to Autism Acceptance?

Is Pop Culture in the Classroom a Path to Autism Acceptance?

I am sure that most of you by now have heard the term “autism awareness” and you probably know that there is a national autism awareness month every April. It was so declared by the Autism Society in April of 1970 and its intent was to educate the public about Autism...

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Free Drop-In Times for Students!

Free Drop-In Times for Students!

Beginning this month, Pop Culture Classroom is offering FREE drop-in times in our new classroom! These drop-ins are a time for students, ages 8-18, to come over to Pop Culture Classroom, hang out and create with our resources. We want to provide students with a safe...

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Are There STEM Comics for High School?

Are There STEM Comics for High School?

As educators begin to embrace comic books, graphic novels and other aspects of pop-culture as teaching tools, we often get the question about whether any of these materials are useful for teaching STEM. The answer is YES! This is number 3, in our articles featuring...

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Five Graphic Novels with Social Critique

Five Graphic Novels with Social Critique

In the court of the king, only the fool was free to point out His Royal Folly. The jester who juggled and joked for the amusement of the rich and powerful could also point out their hypocrisy and sin without reprisal. At least that’s the story. Medieval graveyards...

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Six Graphic Novels that Tackle Racism

Six Graphic Novels that Tackle Racism

At Pop Culture Classroom, we know the challenges of discussing social issues with your students in a way that keeps them engaged. As we’ve said before, engagement is one of the key ways that graphic novels are most useful as educational tools, because students can...

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Review of Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

Review of Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

Synopsis  Being the oldest child of two and having witnessed the death of her father at a young age, Emily Hayes is accustomed to taking on the responsibilities that go along with taking care of her family. Now, Emily faces her toughest decision yet when trying to...

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Five Great Graphic Novels for Science

Five Great Graphic Novels for Science

COMICS IN THE CLASSROOM Comics aren’t just for entertainment and casual reading. As you’ve seen in previous articles on this site, they can also be great teaching tools. I’m sure we all remember the cartoons that taught us about the process of lawmaking, and can...

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