Stories Exploring Contemporary Culture and Popular History
The Pop History Dig is a magazine-styled website with more than 250 stories that cover a range of topics, often focusing on the history and power of popular culture. One goal of the site is to use the visibility of popular culture—its music, film, literature, and famous personalities—to engage readers on topics ranging from civil rights history to the power of the entertainment industry. Stories on rock ‘n’ roll and sports figures are part of the mix, but so are stories about big business mergers, Madison Avenue advertising, and presidential campaigns. Biography and environmental history are found on the site as well. Some stories on business and public policy are serious and detailed, while others on music, film, and sports offer lighter fare. One story—“Steinbeck to Springstein”—explores the impact of The Grapes of Wrath on music and pop culture.
Plus: Reading Through Historyis avideo series created by two Oklahoma teachers that can serve as lesson starters for the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the Okie migration. One of the videos is a history brief of John Steinbeck’sThe Grapes of Wrath.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in January.
Facing History and Ourselves offers a teaching idea that uses images to help students connect emotionally to the experiences of individuals and groups who choose or are forced to leave their homelands and who place their wellbeing and safety into the hands of others.
New York Times Student Journeys offers educational travel programs for middle school and high school students. The programs focus on destinations The Times has covered, where students can benefit from an insider’s view as they explore themes and topics associated with The Times coverage of local issues.