Thoughts on Critical Approached to Media
Looking through the Critical Approaches to Media Text was interesting for me as a Language Arts teacher. I not only thought it was interesting to see these different terms explained as they apply to Media, but to realize how they apply to so many aspects of Literature in a classroom.
For example the Semiotic Analysis could be used in a really interesting way in conjunction with symbolism, and to look at what we know instinctively ( and how that allows symbolism to work in a piece of literature) and what we need to look into for deeper understanding. I also thought how pertinent the Poststructuralist Analysis would be while teaching, for example, The Great Gatsby. How the general categorization of â€śthings, â€?and our instinctive knowledge of those â€śthings,â€? brings meaning to the novel. Itâ€™s so interesting to see how much of our analysis of literature is based on this already assumed prior knowledge.
As Beech says that it â€śis important that students learn to critically analyze media textsâ€? through these different critical lenses, I thought how interesting it would be to pair up, or supplement, literature with media interpretation. Perhaps this would be more fitting for a high school classroom than my middle school classroom. However, I think it would really tie in with what I am hoping to do with using media as a way to make traditional curriculum relevant to studentsâ€™ interests and to incorporate higher-level thinking as well.