Essential Question: What medium would be best to showcase the use of a particular critical lens?
Brainstorming Directives: Use your group’s collective cultural knowledge to build a showcase of a particular critical lens in action. Collect five artifacts that demonstrate the application of this lens. Possible cultural avenues include….
Grading Criteria: How will your group be assessed?
- My group has selected an overarching theme that is obvious in our exhibit’s title (10 reading points).
- Example: A Marxist Approach to The Office.
- My group provides at least 5 artifacts that illustrate our overarching theme and explain our choices in a written caption (5 writing points each).
Artifact #1: The Pain of Social Mobility
As seen in this clip, Michael Scott clearly occupies the role of the upper class. As a criteria to receive a promotion, Michael expects his subordinates to complete ludicrious and arbitrary tasks. This scene demonstrates the self-destructive lengths that the bourgouis will go to climb the social ladder.
Artifact #2: The Tie that Binds
This artifact demonstrates the idea that unifies the bourgouis and upper class: a distaste for the lowest class. Michael likens killing Toby, the lowest class character on the show, to killing some of the most hated people in human history. Without hesitation, the middle class characters join in and ridicule along with Michael’s hatred.
- My group leads discussion and takes criticism constructively from the class (20 speaking and listening points).
Possible Presentation Avenues:
- Google Slides
- Blog Post