Hip-Hop and Gay Marriage? Social Commentary through Rap

The objective of this lesson is to have students create their own rap that expresses their view on the issue of Gay marriage.
Gay marriage has been a heated topic especially since California’s Proposition 8 was overturned in 2010. There have been attempts to legalize same-sex marriage, however only 6 states, including D.C., have passed laws permitting it. There have been heated debates over this issue, especially in the media and popular culture. There are countless movies, songs, documentaries, and TV shows that all address this topic. Most recently, Seattle rapper, Macklemore, has released a song supporting gay marriage. He has been praised by gay marriage activists for his powerful lyrics, and an even more powerful music video.

Watermark Mania! Hashtags and Social Media Marketing Campaigns

In this lesson, students learn about the different social media marketing strategies that television networks implement and discuss what their benefits might be. At the end of the lesson, students produce their own social media marketing campaigns for a specific television show in efforts to boost the network’s ratings.

Social networks have their throne on the Internet, but over the last couple of months, they have made their way to television screens everywhere. On popular shows such as Glee, The Voice, X Factor, and 106 & Park, the network staff includes a hashtag watermark (#AmericanIdol, #Glee, #TheVoice, #XFactor, etc.) on the lower sides of the screen to promote discussion about the shows on Twitter and other social networks. Also, the news and talk shows let viewers know that they have Facebook and Twitter pages that they can access.

Adapting a Novel into a Movie: A Different Kind of Book Report

In this lesson, students learn about the process of adapting a piece of literature to a feature film. They will examine how the story structure changes and discuss why screenwriters decided to make these changes. They will practice this process themselves by choosing a novel and writing a synopsis of their selection’s film adaptation and casting 3-5 principle characters.

Romeo and Juliet’s Current Status

In this lesson, students use their knowledge of Romeo and Juliet to create Facebook profiles for the play’s characters and compose tweets of quotes from the play in their modern language.

Following The Leader

In this lesson, students will have an opportunity to debate whether or not an individual’s number of followers on Instagram and Twitter correlates with that person’s ability to be a positive role model.


The Theories Behind Time Travel

Great Scott! How many gigawatts does it take to write a story with time travel and parallel universes? It doesn’t take that much electricity, but it does take a lot of planning, researching and creativity.

H.G. Wells, Isaac Asminov, Ray Bradbury, Octavia Butler, Kurt Vonnegut — they’ve all written famous science fiction books that focus on time travel. Wells’ Time Machine dates back to 1895, before Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity and before the ideas behind black holes and wormholes existed.

Traveling in time to alter our destinies has been a pop culture fascination for a long time. Many superheroes have experienced time travel in different ways. Superman could go back in time by flying around the world quickly enough to reverse Earth’s rotation. Similarly, The Flash could travel fast enough to go back in time. Even the mutant, Wolverine, traveled back in time in X-Men: Days of Future Past to change the fate the world.

The plot lines involved in time travel and jumping through alternate realities are not easy to follow and are even more difficult to write. This lesson takes a look back in time at how some science-fiction stories have rules and a structure to the way time and alternate universes function within their fictional world and how you can create your own narrative structure to write your own tight story involving parallel universes and time travel.

The Art of Storytelling

The objective of this lesson plan is to engage students in the art of storytelling and improve their public speaking skills.

The Art of Storytelling

The objective of this lesson plan is to engage students in the art of storytelling and improve their public speaking skills.

Haiku: The Original Tweet

During a day and age where tweets are limited to 140 characters, the haiku has been spreading messages in limited formats for ages.
The goal of this lesson is for students to look at their social media experiences in a poetic fashion. It is meant to help students learn how to write haiku poems while using social media tools.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of language compression and expressing complex ideas through simple words.
2. Demonstrate the ability to understand the context of a statement and transferring such thoughts into a poetic nature

CDs, MP3s, and the Decline of the Record Industry

In this lesson, students analyze and explain the decline of the record industry over the last 10 years. As of 2003, over 2,700 music retailers across the United States have closed, including popular stores such as Virgin Megastore, Tower Records, and HMV. Sales by online music retailers like iTunes, Rhapsody, and Amazon have increased, but not enough to make up for the decline in physical album sales. In this lesson, students will develop ideas about how to save the record industry from becoming extinct.