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Ms. Garcia, excellent ideas!

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Thanks so much for sharing them here. I'm always impressed when educators find good ways to connect pop culture to curriculum ... so effective.

High School English Teacher from Navajo Nation

This year, I was able to use

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This year, I was able to use Halloween and other fall traditions to teach text structures with different expository texts on the history of Halloween for some of my classes. I've also used it to review literary elements from Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven. I have downloaded The Simpson's Treehouse of Terror where James Earl Jones reads the poem much more effectively than I would and it's a nice treat to see how serious literature and pop culture meet up.

This year I used Halloween to teach gothic elements that show up in our literature by examining the Southern gothic elements in our book, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the gothic elements of classic horror films by showing clips from Nosferatu, Dracula, Frankenstein, and Young Frankenstein. The students then try to come up with a check list of gothic elements to classify certain scenarios and argue if certain other films or literature- I use examples of movies they've seen like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Twilight, The Shining- would fall under the same category.

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