"The data suggest that text comprehension is enhanced when readers actively relate the ideas represented in print to their
own knowledge and experience and construct mental representations in memory." —Report of the National Reading Panel
(National Reading Panel, 2000, p. 14)
While celebrating and respecting students' enjoyment of popular culture texts, teachers also have a responsibility to help students become critical consumers and reproducers
of texts related to popular media.
Readers should adopt a critical stance toward text so that they can become more active participants in the reading process. Evaluating or making judgments is the ultimate
step in interacting with text.