FAQ

Educators

 

  • How do I get Pop Culture Classroom into my school, classroom, or community organization?
    • The Classroom program can implemented at your organization in a variety of ways:

      1. We offer our debut curriculum Storytelling Through Comics (STC), a standards-based program that examines and explores age-appropriate comic literature, for a nominal fee. This program can be offered as an after-school course, a stand-alone workshop, or a complement to an existing language arts curriculum in a classroom. If you are interested in purchasing the curriculum, please visit our web store at http://store.popcultureclassroom.org.
      2. We provide free digital resources for educators to download and implement in their classroom or school. We continue to add offerings like peer reviewed research articles, one-day lesson plans and other pop culture related curricula. Check back often!
      3. We partner with schools and organizations to bring Pop Culture Classroom volunteers, artists and teachers into classrooms to administer workshops ranging from 1 hour to 15 weeks in length. If you are interested in having Pop Culture Classroom administer a workshop at your organization, email us at info@popcultureclassroom.org
      4. Sign up for Denver Comic Con’s Educator’s Day and attend the many sessions that teach you how to effectively bring pop culture into your classroom. As an added bonus, you will be able to see the value of pop culture in education throughout Denver Comic Con!
      5. We always welcome all those who have ideas and need help implementing them! If you have a new and interesting topic, and would like to know how to bring pop culture into the theme, we would be more than happy to help! You can directly contact Illya Kowalchuk, Education Director, at i.kowalchuk@popcultureclassroom.org.
  • I’m a classroom teacher and I want to use comic books in the classroom, but I don’t know anything about comic books. What can I do?
    • Never fear! Pop Culture Classroom offers free, downloadable educational resources for teachers. These resources include STC Lite (a five-day curriculum), as well as numerous links to help you, your students’ parents and your administration understand that comic books are a valuable educational tool that should not be ignored. Pop Culture Classroom can also provide teachers, curriculum, comic books and materials for schools and community organizations in the Front Range of Colorado region.

      If you are interested in having Pop Culture Classroom visit your school, please email us at info@popcultureclassroom.org.

  • What does your unit of study, “Storytelling Through Comics” cover?
    • Storytelling Through Comics is focused on two main goals: 1) Students will understand the vocabulary and techniques used in comic books; and 2) Students will develop personal awareness by writing a comic that addresses a problem they see in their world. This Literacy and Arts unit is aligned with the common core standards, intended for readers at 5th-8th grade reading levels, and includes a comprehensive collection of reading materials, instructional videos, interactive activities and arts-based handouts.

      Storytelling Through Comics covers many of the topics typically taught in Language Arts classes, including character development, plot, protagonist/antagonist, rising/falling action, climax/resolution, outlining, peer conferencing and revision. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to learn about layout, basic drawing techniques, penciling, inking and coloring.

  • I don’t have much of a budget to spend on comics or other pop culture media. What can you offer me?
    • Pop Culture Classroom has a few libraries that we can loan out to teachers in the Denver metro area, as well as a collection of donated comics. In addition, our Storytelling Through Comics curriculum comes with a downloadable comic called “Princeless” that can be used to teach comic book vocabulary, technique, and art. Many public libraries also carry a good selection of comics that can be used to teach.

  • I am not a Language Arts teacher. Can I still use Pop Culture Classroom’s resources?
    • Absolutely! We have had all kinds of teachers (art, history, after-school, enrichment, summer camp, etc.) use our products. We happily share them with you, and hope every child gets to learn with and about the wonders of today’s comic books!

  • What else can Pop Culture Classroom offer me?
    • Pop Culture Classroom is constantly updating and expanding our curricular offerings and resources. New units of study will include common core aligned lesson plans, handouts, introduction letters for parents and administrators, and necessary comic books. If you would like to share a resource or other materials with Pop Culture Classroom, please email us at info@popcultureclassroom.org.

Parents

 

  • I would love to let my little one’s teacher know about Pop Culture Classroom. What could be the best way to do this?
    • Pop Culture Classroom has numerous resources available to parents, educators and administrators. You are welcome to read, download and print out these articles for the teacher in question. That way, you can have an educated conversation with the teacher or administrator in question.

      When working with educators, it can be helpful to start from a place of, “I found this neat-o resource online, and wanted to let you know about it. Little Johnny has been reading lots of comics at home, and Pop Culture Classroom seems really compelling. Perhaps you could check it out when you have a minute?”

  • My little one only wants to read comics. Is this OK?
    • Absolutely! We want to get kids reading, and if the only way they do this right now is by reading comics, then have at it. There are a ton of kid-friendly comics currently available that will not only indulge their desire for comic books, but clandestinely super-power their abilities to read, understand advanced vocabulary, deal with abstract concepts, and appreciate high-quality artwork. Check out our resource page for more information.

      Of course, we are not advocating that you provide comics forever. We do suggest regular offerings of varied genres of reading materials to your youngsters. Leave novels, picture books, magazines and non-fiction books around for kids to stumble upon. Another powerful way for kids to develop an interest in another genre of literature is to see an adult role model regularly enjoying a different genre of reading than comics. Eventually, they will be compelled to have a go themselves.

  • I want to make sure that my child is reading appropriate comics, but I don’t have time to read them all. What can I do?
    • We have listed a few websites and kid-friendly comics on this site. Your local library is also a great source of age-appropriate comics and graphic novels. Guard your wallets. This could get dangerous.

  • My child is interested in creating comics on her/his own. How can I help them develop their craft?
    • Please feel free to download any and all of the educational resources that we offer. You are welcome to provide them to your kids at home, in the treehouse, or back alley – whatever your little superhero in training prefers.