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Identity: Gender, Race, Sex, SES & Power

How do you teach about identity, gender, race sexuality and related topics using popular culture?

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Comment by Shirley Durr on December 13, 2013 at 1:37pm

Jerry: I agree with your comments. Yet, I have students who will read those books that are familiar to them. I don't steer them to Percy Jackson (which is much too "juvenile" for their tastes) but I do steer them to the Bluford series which tells stories realistic enough for my students ("This is a true story, isn't it?") but has positive characters and themes. It doesn't hurt that they cost only $1 each, come with teacher guides (although I don't "teach" them much), and never stay on my library shelf because students whip through them and recommend them to peers.

Comment by Jerry Craft on December 13, 2013 at 10:51am

Am I the only one who has a problem with the YA lit for "Urban Teens" (Street Lit). Just look at some of the book covers on that page http://phatfiction.wikispaces.com/  It drives me crazy that most of the books aimed at African-American kids deal with crime, drugs, gangs, pregnancy ... so much of mainstream lit is "escapist entertainment" while the books for the urban market are "a gritty slice of what it's like to live in the hood." Why can't they "escape" as well? Personally I rather my kids read Percy Jackson. 

Comment by William Zimmerman on March 12, 2013 at 9:29am

MakeBeliefsComix.com has published a special free printable for Women's History Month at http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Printables/print.php?category=Featu...

It asks: Imagine that you could talk with any woman in history whom you admire. Who would that be and what would you say to her.

You are welcome to print it out and also pin it on your Pinterest page. Hope you will share with your students. 

Comment by Ryan Goble on July 8, 2012 at 11:14am

Hi Kaylee - this is a great question. Unfortunately, big questions on the comment wall are not easy for folks to respond to and get buried over time.

Would you consider moving this question above us to the discussion forum? When you post your ? above your "affinity group" peeps can give you feedback. Because forum ?s have URLs it will be in there for the next person with a similar ? AND I can broadcast the question to the whole Ning on crowdsource Tuesday when I'm back to broadcasting!

Thanks for adding to the excellent discussions here!

RRG:)

Comment by Kaylee Campbell on July 8, 2012 at 9:49am

Hi everyone!  I am currently creating a wiki on Disney gender roles and stereotypes for a class I am taking. 

I was wondering if anyone uses Disney as an example to explain common gender roles to students?  How would you connect Disney with your classroom text?  What activities might you do?

Comment by Ryan Goble on May 28, 2012 at 9:09pm

Hi Paul, I've been out a bit again but alas thanks for sharing up above in the discussion forum - very interesting read!  I hope you're doing well!  RRG:)

Comment by Paul Boyer on May 26, 2012 at 11:55am

Hmmm...been a long time, but I wanted to post this link to a blog entry about a possible third gender role hypothesized for prehistoric cultures. The comments on the piece are as interesting as the entry itself!  http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/primate-diaries/2012/05/23/the-...

Comment by Ryan Goble on July 30, 2011 at 10:10pm
Hi Paul - great link. Do consider moving your wall post up above us BECAUSE (drum roll) that way your question has a URL and a "reply feature." 
Unfortunately, big ideas on the comment wall (here) are not easy to respond to and get buried over time.  
When you post a ? or resource in a special interest group discussion forum - your "affinity group" peeps can give you feedback. Also, because diss forum posts have URLs it will be archived AND I can broadcast the question to the whole Ning for the Week in Review!
Thanks for all your great work - as always - please share more cool resources when you can!
Comment by Paul Boyer on July 30, 2011 at 9:33am
Read an interesting piece on Edutopia (http://www.edutopia.org/blog/equality-transgender-students-elena-ag...) yesterday. Also, see the link about documentary 2 films discssing the value of teaching about these issues in elementary school.
Comment by Ryan Goble on March 9, 2011 at 9:47pm
OK, no spoilers here :)  I'll know it when I see it next fall, eh?
 

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