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Something Entirely New: Exploring Identity and Individuality in Steven Universe

Carina Stopenski, MA, MSLS
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(27)
This multi-week class will explore the characters of the hit Cartoon Network show Steven Universe and discuss its celebration of identity, individuality, and sense of self.

Class experience

US Grade 4 - 7
Students will gain a competent understanding of the notions of intersectionality, individuality, and characterization through the lens of Steven Universe. They will analyze elements of diversity, influencing factors of characters upon one another, and relationships between characters from an objective perspective
I have offered community-based courses for preteens and teens regarding gender and sexuality, and have a minor in Gender Studies. My focus in my academic thesis was interpretations of queer literature for young adults, and have extensive academic research experience in the field. 
Homework Offered
At the end of each class, a small writing prompt will be given to the students related to the day's lesson. Students are instructed to write a response with a minimum of two paragraphs. Citation is not necessary, but students should mention particular terms or topics from the class. The assignment will be due three days after it is assigned, so I can provide competent feedback for students before the next class.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Through the writing prompts provided each week, students will be offered an informal assessment in the form of feedback and notes on the student's writing response. At the end of the class, a more formal write-up connecting all of the student's contributions in the class will be provided, but not as a letter grade.
Grades Offered
While not a physical item, students should be expected to have some familiarity with the show Steven Universe if they are entering the class.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
In week four, we will be discussing gender and sexuality, particularly pertaining to LGBTQIA+ issues. The topic will never go deeper than discussing the ways that characters are presented by the cartoon and will not inscribe gender or sexuality onto characters that are not explicitly stated in the show.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(27)
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... 
Group Class


for 5 classes
1x per week, 5 weeks
60 min

Completed by 17 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-13
4-8 learners per class

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