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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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?

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!

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?

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

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

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

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

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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How Can I Start Teaching Comics to Kids?

Growing up, I envied the kids who were allowed to read comics and graphic novels. “How cool is that super-secret reading skill?”, I thought to myself. Since neither my teachers nor my parents valued comics, I was out of luck as a kid. But today’s students aren’t out...

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Name Our Character, For Prizes!

Pop Culture Classroom is publishing a new comic book featuring our superhero kids’ team, The Greatest Team Ever. We need your help naming one of the team members, so we’re having a contest! The winner will receive a free 3 day badge to Denver Pop Culture Con 2018, and...

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Are There STEM Comics for Middle 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 our second article, with a list of...

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Japanese Incarceration During WWII

With talk these days about keeping out immigrants and possibly rounding up people for their religious beliefs, did you know that it’s happened before, to Japanese Americans? On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan attacked the American military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Within two...

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Educators: Submit Your Panel Ideas To Denver Pop Culture Con!

Through February 28, 2018, Pop Culture Classroom is accepting submissions for Educational Sessions at the upcoming 2018 Denver Pop Culture Con. We want to encourage you to submit potential panel ideas regarding the use of pop culture in education.  The variety of...

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Free Student Admission to Denver Pop Culture Con!

One of our favorite events, Experience the Comix, is back again for Denver Pop Culture Con 2018.  Every year, Denver Pop Culture Con partners with Illegal Pete’s, a Colorado-based restaurant chain, to help give students access to Denver Pop Culture Con that may not...

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Six Ways to Use Graphic Novels in Your Classroom

So you’re an educator, and you’re wondering how to harness your students’ interest in comic books and graphic novels, to use an educational tool in your classroom? Well, the good news is, you’re not the first person to ask this question. And here’s even better news:...

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Are there STEM Comics for Elementary?

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! We’ve put together three articles, with lists...

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Review of Explorer: The Mystery Boxes

Review of Explorer: The Mystery Boxes Edited by Kazu Kibuishi Inside stories by: Kazu Kibuishi; Raina Telgemeier; Dave Roman; Jason caffoe; Rad sechrist; Stuart Livingston; Johane Matte; Emily Carrol Synopsis Explorer: The Mystery Boxes is a compilation of short...

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Enter The ADL Essay Contest!

Are you a 7th – 12th grade student in Colorado, New Mexico or Wyoming? Would you like to win some money for your writing? Of course you would! The Mountain States Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) is thrilled to announce its 8th annual student...

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Spring Break & Summer Camps Available!

We all know how it is: the kids are out for spring or summer break, and you want to fill their time with something other than TV. Something that educates and entertains them simultaneously. Well good news, persevering parents! We have pop culture-based educational...

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Pop Culture Classroom’s Year in Review 2017

2017 was an incredible year for everyone at Pop Culture Classroom, and we want to share some highlights of this wonderful work! For 2017, in total, we spent over 328 hours working with 982 students! We developed and ran pop-culture based workshops for diverse sites...

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Review of The Return of Zita the Spacegirl

Written by New York Times Bestselling Author: Ben Hatke Synopsis The Return of Zita The Spacegirl is an action-packed graphic novel that features a strong and determined female protagonist. Zita, the young heroine, has been captured and taken prisoner on a foreign...

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