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Stranger Things: Learning to Write Analysis Essays

Cori Chapman
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Students typically learn film and popular culture analysis in college for their ELA requirements, but this class offers that knowledge now using "Stranger Things!"

Class Experience

US Grade 7 - 10
  • Students will learn to improve their critical thinking and writing skills while also learning how to view a television show as an academic text.
Students tend to be more engaged when they have an actual interest in the content; I personally found that learning how to write well was easier when it involved topics I enjoyed rather than being forced to read books I found outdated and boring in high school. Any medium can be studied academically, including video games, television shows, books, comic books, and films. When I joined Outschool, I wanted to teach writing while also focusing on subjects that I am passionate about, and that students may be passionate about as well, like Stranger Things. While earning a degree in English, I learned how to write quality essays on numerous topics including film studies which is a part of English that is both interesting and engaging. As a teacher, I like to create courses that are both challenging and fun.
Homework Offered
Short answer assignments, notes, and essays.
4+ hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Learner progress is assessed through participation, and through the progression in their assignments.
Grades Offered
Students will need access to Netflix in order to watch the show.
The series is TV-14 due to violent content and mature themes. The series does contain some explicit language as well. Other clips from other TV shows/movies are also used (see above) to better explain the terminology. Also, as mentioned above in the class listing, this course looks at Stranger Things as a coming-of-age period piece which includes discussions on puberty, sexuality, and how that’s specific to the 1980s (with Will being gay during the height of the AIDS crisis)
Joined February, 2019
Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree in English
As human beings, we are always consuming popular culture. Streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, and Hulu have taken over our televisions with entertaining original series. As an Outschool teacher and avid binge-watcher, I create courses using... 
Group Class


weekly or $110 for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
55 min

Completed by 24 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-17
3-10 learners per class

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