Poptential is a modern curriculum that pairs pop culture media with engaging digital storytelling for effective, dynamic learning.

72% of teachers using Poptential say students are more engaged

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Compatible with
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Free for all
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Proven to work
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Four subjects now released.

  • American History (Vol. 1 and 2)
  • World History (Vol. 1 and 2)
  • US Government
  • Economics
Don’t see your subject? Don’t worry! More are being developed as we speak. Simply sign up for our subject launch notifications and we’ll be in touch when the work is done.

Popping with pop culture.

We’re not usually name-droppers, but with curriculum like this, it’s practically a must. Here are some of the famous movies, sitcoms and other popular shows we’ve used to increase student engagement and comprehension:

The Patriot, Hamilton, 12 Years a Slave, Spongebob, Jimmy Fallon, The Lone Ranger, Tombstone, V is for Vendetta, Seabiscuit, The Great Gatsby, Cinderella Man, I Love Lucy, Argo, Family Guy, Parks ’n Rec, Seineld, and many more.

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Curriculum with benefits.

90% of teachers using Poptential say it increases their effectiveness in the classroom.

When asked what they like most, we’re told: ease of use, lack of bias in content, videos that stimulate class discussion, and an overall support of critical thinking skill development.

The impact on students isn’t too shabby, either. Teachers using Poptential have noted increased engagement in reading, increased reading stamina, improvements in writing quality and improvements in reading comprehension.

Organized with engagement in mind.

All curriculum is divided into volumes, modules and lessons to aid in comprehension and create natural breaks for check-ins.

Amplified with Bell Ringers.

A little tidbit and some intriguing questions make for a spike in curiosity and engagement. Bell Ringers like this example are placed throughout the curriculum to create dynamic learning. See more Bell Ringers.

Why do you think African-Americans were originally not allowed to serve in the army?

Thinking about the excerpt in the clip, how important do you think it was for African-Americans, that they could fight – and die – to eliminate slavery? What difference did it make?

The military has been the institution often called upon to lead the way in integrating outsiders into the country – whether it be former slaves or immigrants. Why do you think this is? Do you think it is the best institution for this task?

On May 28, 1863, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry departed for combat. The 54th was the first African-American regiment created after Abraham Lincoln authorized the recruitment of free blacks and former slaves into the military.

The Civil War was originally based upon the goal to reunite the severed states; to not allow the United States to tear itself apart. Ending slavery was not a stated objective. As the war progressed, and with the Emancipation Proclamation declaring slaves free in the Confederacy, ending slavery became the heart of the Civil War. The men of the 54th regiment, a volunteer regiment, not only fought to end slavery but stood up for other injustices as well. White soldiers were getting paid $3 more a week. The entire regiment refused to accept their wages until wages of white and black soldiers were equal. This only happened once the war was almost over.

The regiment performed heroically, in the frontal assault of Fort Wagner in 1863, took 40 percent of casualties, an event immortalized in the film, Glory.

Pop your student potential with pop culture curriculum.