Cartoon Theory: A Deep-Dive Into the Critical Analysis of Animation
In this five-week class, students will learn how to view some of their favorite cartoons in a critical way, and how they can apply it in their future media endeavors.
US Grade 4 - 7
In this class, students will learn about critical applications in the media, particularly in children's cartoons, and the importance of acknowledging the culture of media. By using cartoons as a basis for theoretical analysis, students will gain a brief introduction to some key elements of theory. The class will function predominantly as lecture, with a small discussion portion each class wherein students can discuss what they've learned. Each week will highlight a different cartoon, and...
Learners will become familiar with critical theoretical terms and media studies in a tween-friendly way. Learners will also develop their media analysis skills and learn to assess media from various cultural lenses and perspectives.
Regarding critical race theory in Week 3, I have instructed workshops covering intersectionality and inclusivity in the media/literature, and work to focus on elevating the voices of marginalized identities in my instructional work. While I will not be providing a specifically racial lens to the material presented, we will discuss baseline elements of critical race theory. This lesson will feature definitions and terminology from scholars in the field and prioritize the scholarly work of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian theorists when talking about the applications. We will also discuss representation, as Avatar: The Last Airbender does highlight different races throughout its story arcs and emphasizes the importance of diversity. Regarding LGBTQIA+ issues in Week 4, I wrote my undergraduate capstone on queer representation (particularly transgender representation) in young adult literature. I am familiar with the ways that queer media for kids can be presented in a wholesome, non-exploitative way. We will talk solely about the canon of She-Ra and the genders/sexual orientations explicitly stated in the show. Speculation, head-canons, and audience theories will not be included in the lesson.
Homework OfferedEach week, students will write a minimum two-paragraph homework assignment regarding the material covered in that week's lesson. Prompts will be provided to the students and they will have four days to complete their prompt.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments OfferedI will provide individual specialized feedback for each individual homework assignment the learner submits. I will also provide a written report of their performance of the class to be provided at the end of the course.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Some of the shows listed depict scenes that may be distressing to younger students, but we will not be viewing any scenes in class, just discussing them. In week 4, when we discuss She-Ra, we will be talking about LGBTQIA+ concepts, so if you have any issues with this, please let me know.
Meet the teacher
Hi, all! I'm Carina (pronouns: they/them/theirs) and I'm so excited to spread the magic of the written word. I hold a BFA in Creative Writing with minor certifications in Gender Studies and Women's Leadership, an MSLS in Library and Information...
$60for 5 classes
1x per week, 5 weeks
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Completed by 16 learners
Live video meetings
4-8 learners per class