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: Please review the series and notify me BY OCTOBER 1  if you’d prefer I assign your student different podcasts.

Materials are listed in the order we’ll use them:

Fall 2021
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Persepolis (Volume I) by Marjane Satrapi
Serial Season Two (podcast series)
The Time Machine by HG Wells

Spring 2022
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Short stories and fairy tales will be provided

See you all on Thursday, August 19!