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Most children engage with a range of popular cultural forms outside of school. Their experiences with film, television, computer games and other cultural texts are very motivating, but often find no place within the official curriculum, where children are usually restricted to conventional forms of literacy. This book demonstrates how to use children's interests in popular culture to develop literacy in the primary classroom. The authors provide a theoretical basis for such work through an exploration of related theory and research, drawing from the fields of education, sociology and cultural studies. Teachers are often concerned about issues of sexism, racism, violence and commercialism within the disco

Popular Music and Literacy
Popular music and literacy

Lara, the 4-year-old daughter of parents who are both teachers, had been asked to sing her favourite song. She performed a version of the Spice Girls’ lyric, Stop, with appropriate actions, stretching her arms with her palms straight out in a gesture which signified the bringing of an issue to a complete standstill, as in the Spice Girls’ own rendition of the song on video. She sang, ‘Stop, right now, thank you very much, I need a bunny with a human face’. The unmodified version of the song's words is:

Stop right now, thank you very much,

I need somebody with a human touch.

Hey you, always on the run,

Gotta slow it down baby, gotta have some fun.

Lara's knowledge of the ...

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