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A Tale of Two Audiences

Many people are concerned about the ramifications of a Donald Trump presidency. What was once considered a laughable long shot by a TV celebrity has become serious politics. Talk show hosts have stopped joking as the candidate has himself committed serial gaffes that outstrip writers’ imaginations. Yet the campaign juggernauts …

The popularity of memes

Everyone who has used the internet for personal social communication and entertainment in the last few years has seen a meme. The meme:  –“a virally-transmitted cultural symbol or social idea. A meme (rhymes with “team”) behaves like a flu or a cold virus, traveling from person to person quickly, but transmitting an …

parody songs

Parody Songs and Media Literacy

Love Pharrell Williams and Weird Al Yankovic? Want to have some fun with your students this September? Use these fun videos to get them thinking critically about the broad range of texts they encounter. The lesson ideas below are appropriate for secondary (high school) students, but may also be modified for …