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Critical media literacy exploring values in popular music

Critical Media LiteracyExploring Values in Popular Music

Presenters:

Nancy L. Douglas

Maysam Beydoun


Critical thinking
Critical Thinking

  • Lipman -Thinking that facilitates judgment because it relies on criteria, is self-corrective, and is sensitive to context


Critical literacy
Critical Literacy

  • Green - Developing ways of seeing through texts, their descriptions of cultures and worlds, and how they are trying to position you to be part of these cultures and worlds


Examining our own beliefs
Examining our own beliefs

  • Dr. Douglas, Assistant Professor

  • Maysam Beydoun, Middle School Language Arts teacher

  • Lydia Falk, graduate student and mother of 2 boys, one teenage and one pre-teen age


Guiding principles
Guiding Principles

1. Young people are far from being the gullible consumers of popular culture adults often make them out to be. They accept or reject music, ways of dressing, and other trends according to their own background experiences, values, and the surrounding social milieu.


Guiding principles cont
Guiding Principles, cont.

2. We wanted to provide an environment in which the students would be able to freely exchange their ideas about various artists. Focused discussions were teacher facilitated but not teacher led. We were careful not to interject our personal likes or dislikes.


Guiding principles cont1
Guiding Principles, cont.

3. There is a risk in asking students to critique artists whose music gives them personal enjoyment. We told the students that they didn’t know what we wanted to hear and that we expected them to be truthful in their responses.


Surveyed students
Surveyed Students

  • Their favorite musical artists

  • Their least favorite musical artists


Included favorite and least favorite
Included favorite and least favorite:

  • Britney Spears

  • Jennifer Lopez

  • Pink

  • Destiny's Child

  • N Sync

  • Linkin Park

  • Nelly


First day
First day

  • Female artists

  • Listened to songs

  • Read and reflected upon lyrics

  • Viewed images of artists


First day cont journaling
First day, cont.Journaling

We gave the students the option of using their own values to think critically about the artists. Specifically, we asked them to: a) compare the artists’ lyrics with their images, b) identify values suggested by the artists’ lyrics and images, c) compare their own values with the values suggested by the artists’ lyrics and images or discuss the influences these artists were having on adolescents.


Second day
Second day

  • Whole class discussion of journal questions


Third and fourth days
Third and Fourth days

  • Process was repeated using male artists


Fifth day
Fifth Day

  • Essay writing assignment was given

  • Reviewed prewriting techniques


Essay directions
Essay Directions

  • Read the choices below. Select one question to answer in a five-paragraph essay. Think about our class discussion, what you wrote in your journals, and choose the question you are most comfortable with.


Essay questions
Essay questions

1) Compare and contrast Pink, Britney Spears, and Destiny’s Child, or just two of these artists. Think about their images, their song lyrics, and anything else you may know about them. Tell how they are alike, how they are different, or both.


Essay questions cont
Essay Questions, cont.

2) Compare and contrast Linkin Park, N’Sync, and Nelly, or just two of these artists. Think about their images, their song lyrics, and anything else you may know about them. Tell how they are alike, how they are different, or both.


Essay questions cont1
Essay questions, cont.

3) Who is a better role model: Pink, Britney Spears, or Destiny’s Child and why?

Support your position with the images they project, their song lyrics and anything else you know about them.


Essay questions cont2
Essay questions, cont.

4) Who is a better role model: Linkin Park, N’Sync, or Nelly and why?

Support your position with the images they project, their song lyrics and anything else you know about them.


Essay questions cont3
Essay questions, cont.

5) Which celebrity or celebrities do you relate to? In what ways do you specifically relate to them? Use specific examples from their images and song lyrics to support your answer.


Essay questions cont4
Essay questions, cont.

6) Think about the core values: integrity, respect for self and others, responsibility, and honesty. Which of the celebrity(s) seem to stand for one or more of these values? Support your answer with information about the celebrity including images and/or lyrics and anything else you know about them.


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