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    Course Description

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    Contemporary Media is an elective course at Canaseraga Central School.  Students in this elective class study current forms of entertainment - such as film, television and music - as they do with works of literature in English Language Arts class.   Through close examination of these current forms of art, students look to analyze the way that our society portrays itself.

    Some topics of interest examined in Contemporary Media include:

        • America's interest in reality television 
        • Evolving portrayal of heroes in Hollywood
        • The melting of genres in music

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     Course Goals

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    To foster an appreciation of how modern entertainment uses literary techniques in a manner similar to classic literature

    To appreciate how topics and themes ‘cross-over’ different disciplines 
     
    To develop insight as to how modern entertainment has adapted various literary techniques for its own uses 

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    Course Materials

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    ·         Spiral bound notebook (for this class only)

    ·         Writing utensil (pen or pencil)

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    Grading Policy

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     Your grade for the course will be figured according to the following weight system for class components.

                 1.)  Class Participation.  1/3 of your grade.  In that much of the reading of the plays will be taking place in class, discussion is vital.  Participation doesn’t mean talking a lot.  It entails the ability to ask questions about what you read or about what you don’t understand, to listen to what others have to offer and to respond to the questions of others.  If no one participates, there is no discussion and that is the very reason we are here – to discuss what this means.

                2.) Instigators/Reactions. 1/3 of your grade.  Throughout the course of reading a play, you will be asked to develop a question, or instigator, to spur on class discussion.  This instigator could be a question about a specific allusion to a classic work or how primetime dramas have adapted selection of detail from Arabian Nights and so on. 

                 3.) Notebook Investigations.  1/3 of your grade.  Think of this as a kind of journal we will be keeping throughout the course.  You’ll be asked to explore and write about different parts or ideas of the plays we read in class.  Sometimes topics will be assigned in class; sometimes it will be an open topic.  Your notebook will be collected at the end of the marking period and we will grade it together.