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Adam Babcock

"Monster" analysis by Shmoop - 12 views

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    I'm all for using pop culture references in teaching, and I did read what Shmoop had to say on this particular video, but would you really feel comfortable sharing this video in class and having a discourse on it? I'm a Jay-Z fan and a hip hop lover from its earliest days, but this video and song are reprehensible on so many levels. With so much else that we can "source" for instruction, why this? Please help me understand. And don't say it's a gangsta thang.
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    To answer your first question about showing the music video: absolutely not.

    Why this? I'm still struggling with it. We're in an age where we are entertained by self destruction. Kanye (unfortunately, because I was a fan of his earlier work) is definitely becoming one of the monster / Charlie Sheen / Jersey Shore / reality TV burnouts. And yet, there is an audience for it...

    When I first skimmed the analysis, I thought I'd go back to see if Schmoop was established enough to have a worthy application of Freud to Kanye. Alas, I was mistaken. I haven't become a fan of Schmoop; they've got some work to do. I'm sorry I misplaced my "under investigation" tag in ECN's collection.
Teresa Ilgunas

YouTube - Hey Jude by Lyrical Flowcharts - 19 views

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    The best how to video I've seen!
Adam Babcock

On a Musical Note: Exploring Reading Strategies by Creating a Soundtrack - ReadWriteThink - 9 views

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    Students begin by analyzing how specific songs might fit with a familiar story. Students then create their own soundtracks for the movie version of a novel they have read. They select songs that match the text and fit specific events in the story.
Susan Martin

Shmoop: Homework Help, Teacher Resources, Test Prep - 4 views

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    Great resource for teachers and students...you'll find analysis of theme, characters and study guides. History study guides as well!
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    Very interesting site with lots of info - summerization, theme
Suzanne Rogers

Littunes Music tied to Classic Literature - 19 views

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    LOVE this! Music for ever major work you will ever want to teach
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