The Pop Culture Zone: Writing Critically about Popular Culture

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Why bring pop culture into the composition classroom? It's something students know and can get passionate about, and it also functions as a bridge to academic culture and concerns. THE POP CULTURE ZONE: WRITING CRITICALLY ABOUT POPULAR CULTURE, 2nd Edition, focuses on students' relationship with pop culture - such as film, television, social networks, and advertisements - and how this relationship can help them become better critical thinkers, readers, and writers. Students learn to listen to viewpoints that differ from their own, summarize their views effectively, compare and contrast, and present their ideas in a way that creates a continuing conversation of ideas.

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Allison D. Smith is professor of English and Coordinator of Graduate Teaching Assistants at Middle Tennessee State University. She received a BA in Teaching Language and Composition and an MA in Applied Linguistics from California State University, Long Beach and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education from The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her primary teaching and research areas include writing pedagogy, writing about pop culture, writing assessment, discourse analysis, and pedagogical grammar. Recent publications include a book chapter in More Ways to Handle the Paper Load, an article on journal writing for the English Leadership Quarterly, and COMPbiblio: Leaders and Influences in Composition Theory and Practice, a book focusing on the career arcs of leaders in composition. In addition, she is one of the series editors for the Fountainhead Press X Series for Professional Development. She is the co-author of THE POP CULTURE ZONE: WRITING CRITICALLY ABOUT POPULAR CULTURE (Cengage/Wadsworth, 2009). She is an active participant in the National Council of Teachers of English, the Conference on Composition and Communication, and the Research Network Forum.

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"PCZ offers an in-depth, multifaceted, and critical look at a topic that is of interest to much of our student population. The mediums explored and critiqued in the textbook have often prompted exciting and thoughtful discussions among my students, and led them each to take a closer look at those aspects of their own lives that reflect - and spur - trends in popular culture. The textbook's main strength is its theme and propensity to generate ideas; however, it lacks in helping guide students through the process of writing and how to properly analyze the reader portion of the text."

"A book on popular culture that treats the students with respect by acknowledging, first, that liking the stuff is not bad, and, second, that the students are themselves the experts in this field. This textbook promotes a true - and honest - decentered classroom."

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