Sunday, October 4, 2015

Banned Books and Pop Culture in the Classroom

The nineteenth annual Banned Book Reading was hosted by Mike Cadden on Tuesday, Sept. 29th.  Courageous readers of risqué books included: 
Ms. Angela Claywell • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Dr. Michael Charlton • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Dr. Douglas Davenport • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Ms. Shelley Nordquist • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Ms. Emily Wearing • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Ms. Kelly Lock-McMillen • Cut by Patricia McCormick  
Ms. Sarah McCumber • Harry Potter by J. K. RowlingMs. Tess Kram • The Prince by Machiavelli


On Tuesday, Sept. 29, EML faculty gathered for the Morale & Motivation Committee's quarterly brown bag session, this time focusing on "Engaging Students with Contemporary Themes." Panelists Michael Charlton, Paul Dijkzeul, and Dawn Terrick shared fascinating and useful advice for incorporating pop culture references into the EML classroom. Topics ranged from using graphic novels in class, to thinking philosophically as teachers about escaping our cultural "bubbles," to inviting students to bring in contemporary applications of traditional texts. A lively Q&A session followed, with many great ideas and challenging questions. Thank you to all who attended--and a big thank you to Michael, Paul, and Dawn!


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