Literature, Mass Media, and Pop Culture

This is a multimedia English class for 11th and 12th graders that looks at storytelling from many perspectives. We’ll read novels, memoirs, fairy tales, and articles. We’ll listen to podcasts and catch a few films. We’ll endeavor to connect old ideas to new trends in pop culture. Sometimes it will feel like a history class, but that’s only because students need to know when different mediums were created. 

Students will need a Google Drive account (via gmail) and access to podcast platforms, such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud. Note: We will be listening to the second season of Serial, which is an award-winning series that originated through This American Life on NPR. The series covers the story of Bowe Bergdahl, an Army private who walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, was captured by the Taliban, and held as a prisoner for five years. Read more about Serial Season Two here:

Students will be expected to answer weekly response questions and fully participate in class discussions. (I understand some students are shy, but this class is designed to share ideas and opinions.) Students will take a few tests throughout the year, as well as give a 10-12 minute presentation on the fairy tale, folk story, or myth of their choice at the end of the spring semester.

Fall Book List
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Serial Season Two (podcast series)
The Time Machine by HG Wells

Spring Book List
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Short stories and fairy tales will be provided   

Tests are open notes, so your ability to pay attention, take notes, and keep organized is always rewarded. Bring a writing utensil and your notebook to class every week.