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Making Curriculum Pop

Developing Literacies in All Content Areas


From comics to cathedrals, pie charts to power ballads, fashion to Facebook . . . students need help navigating today’s media-rich world. And educators need help teaching today’s new media literacy. To be literate now means being able to read, write, listen, speak, view, and represent across all media—including both print and nonprint texts, such as film, TV, podcasts, websites, visual art, fashion, architecture, landscape, and music. This book offers secondary teachers in all content areas a flexible, interdisciplinary approach to integrating these literacies into their curriculum. Students form cooperative learning groups to evaluate media texts from various perspectives (artist, producer, sociologist, sound mixer, economist, poet, set designer, and more) and show their thinking using unique graphic organizers aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

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ISBN: 978-1-63198-061-9
Audience: Teachers, administrators, curriculum directors, grades 6–12
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 224
Digital Content: Includes customizable reproducible graphic organizers, evaluation forms, and correlations to Common Core State Standards
Praise for Making Curriculum Pop
“In Making Curriculum Pop, veteran educators Pam Goble and Ryan Goble have done exactly what harried teachers need most: provided a raft of templates for student work and grounded their notions of textual exploration in proven research and thoughtful theory.”—MiddleWeb

“[This book presents] one of the smartest, most clever concepts that I’ve heard for a template for learning.”—from the foreword by William Kist, associate professor at Kent State University and author of The Socially Networked Classroom
Making Curriculum Pop is fizzing with exciting ideas and creative plans for classroom teachers, but it also has a clearly articulated rationale. The LEOs (Learning Experience Organizers) provide a systematic and engaging way to explore the diversity and complexity of media texts with students in a wide range of curriculum areas.”—David Buckingham, professor at Loughborough University, UK, and author of Media Education: Literacy, Learning and Contemporary Culture
“‘Fun’ and ‘standards’ are not words often heard together, but this book makes the case for both and shows us how it can be done. A smart and practical guide to teaching in today’s world of multiple literacies.”—Jeff Kupperman, Ph.D., associate professor of education, University of Michigan–Flint
Finally, a book that acknowledges the relevance of teaching nonprint texts in a 21st century world. The advice and resources alone in this text make this a must-have for every school’s professional book collection.”—Frank W. Baker, creator of Media Literacy Clearinghouse and author of Media Literacy in the K–12 Classroom
“Opening Making Curriculum Pop is like turning on a firehose of ideas. Do you want your students to be immersed in learning? Do you want your students to discover the world is an interconnected and meaningful place? Be careful: you will need a whole career to use everything in this book.”—Scott Eggerding, director of curriculum and instruction, Lyons Township High School District #204, La Grange, Illinois
“An important and practical guide. This is a necessary resource for classroom teachers and education leaders committed to envisioning new pedagogies that synthesize pop culture, student interests, and digital media as relevant to disciplinary inquiry and academic achievement.”—Remi Holden, assistant professor of information and learning technologies, University of Colorado Denver
“A must-read for anyone invested in preparing students for productive and responsible lives in today’s media- and information-rich global society. It offers educators and their students a practical and fun way to develop important skills—reading, speaking, writing, listening, viewing, representing, culling, and collaborating.”—Carolyn Harris, education program specialist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Columbia University Earth Institute
“As a teacher, I am always looking for materials that support high quality teaching. Using the Language Experience Organizers provides both students and teachers with flexible tools that stimulate deep thinking about print and nonprint text. Throughout the book, each of the strategies supports critical thinking and deep analysis with clear activities that appeal to students at all levels.”—Nancy Bartosz, English teacher at Westmont Junior High School, Westmont, Illinois.
“Making Curriculum Pop energetically hums in the sweet spot between curriculum standards and everyday student media usage. By designing ingenious prompts to activate student participation, the authors have devised a smart and snappy learning framework that teachers in any discipline can apply. It’s hard to imagine a more updated resource for educators trying to incorporate holistic and creative approaches to using media in their lesson plans.”—Antonio Lopez, Ph.D., assistant professor of communications and media studies at John Cabot University and author of Greening Media Education
“Reading Making Curriculum Pop feels as if the most clever, talented teachers I know have opened those secret passages into how their minds work and invited me in to take everything I need and want from their files. It distinguishes the best practices of the artful educator and presents cutting-edge, practical research about ways to inspire our 21st century learners. It is my go-to text for elevating my craft.”—Jane Wisdom, NBCT, English teacher, Maine West High School, Des Plaines, Illinois
“Truly inspiring . . . the LEOs made me think outside the box in terms of assigning student roles, especially in a mathematics classroom. They allow students to take a deeper dive into the content, increase student engagement, and provide collaborative learning experiences. This book is a powerful resource for teachers!”—Stefanie Geeve, M.A., NBCT, mathematics teacher and instructional coach at Glenbard West High School/Glenbard Township High School District 87
“This book is a treasure trove of inventive and specific ideas to thoughtfully connect popular culture with teaching across the disciplines. Get ready . . . you’ll be using this book A LOT!”—Jeffrey Stanzler, new media & new literacies faculty, University of Michigan School of Education
“With profound pedagogical grace, this important and very practical book moves literacy lightyears into the future. This vital book is not only an asset; it will prove a teacher’s friend. Based in good science and sound logic, this book will help close the growing chasm separating teachers and students, and students and their optimal literacy achievement.”—David E. Kirkland, director of NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, and professor of English and urban education at New York University
“This book walks its talk. For teachers open and curious about introducing and integrating works of popular culture into their classrooms, this comprehensive, inventive, and ultimately practical book is an invaluable resource to help implement engaging curricula and reimagine classroom experience.”—Nick Sousanis, author of Unflattening and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary
Making Curriculum Pop is a tour de force of 21st century learning. The LEOs frame and reframe approaches to content so that there can be deep, differentiated, and collaborative interactions that integrate multiple literacies and create engaged learning. This book will become a classic approach.”—Renee Cherow-O’Leary, Ph.D., president of Education for the 21st Century, New York, and former professor of English education at Teachers College, Columbia University
“A fantastic approach to getting students to analyze text (in all of its forms) in very interesting ways. Students will be far more engaged than they are in settings where ‘traditional’ texts are the only ones used. Teachers have been looking for a way to systematically use popular culture in their classrooms: the authors have provided a very effective approach.”—Stephen Armstrong, social studies consultant for the Connecticut Department of Education and past president of the National Council for the Social Studies
“I’ve seen the Gobles at work, and I know their LEOs engage students deeply and provide naturally differentiated pathways for diverse learners. Rigorous, vigorous learning doesn’t have to be boring. I highly recommend this book.”—Kristin Fontichiaro, clinical assistant professor of information at the University of Michigan School of Information
“The Gobles provide an innovative and profusely illustrated way to design learning experiences on the basis of a differentiated, interdisciplinary notion of everyday cultural literacy. It will maximize student interest, engagement, and socialization while enriching teachers’ professional development.”—John Broughton, associate professor of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University

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August 31, 2016 / Barb - Massachusetts
Making Curriculum Pop

I'm excited to start using the Learning Experience Organizers (LEOs) with my students, but I'm confused because in the book there's a web address to access PDF copies of the LEOs on the web, but the site doesn't seem to exist anymore. I don't like that.

Free Spirit Response:
Suzy Winther / Marketing Specialist / September 12, 2016

Hello Barb,

I'm so sorry you've had issues accessing the digital content for Making Curriculum Pop. I tested the URL and password published in the book and they worked fine on our end. Could you try again? Be sure you're typing the URL exactly as it's printed. If you still have issues, please email and our customer service department can email you the files directly.

Best regards,
Suzy Winther


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