Aug 3, 2022 • 37M

Chapter 3.1 - Schooling Our Stereotypes

Analyzing the role of stereotypes and archetypes in "Abbott Elementary"

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Two English teachers analyze pop culture through the lens of literary analysis.
Episode details

In the first episode of season three, Alicia and Sarah discuss changes for the next season of Lit Think and then analyze the role of stereotypes and archetypes in the hit ABC show, Abbott Elementary. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom.

Literary terms of the week: stereotype, character archetype

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Music by Craig Harmann

Cover art by Matt Holman

Show notes


  • What we did this summer

  • Changes to the podcast

  • We’re going to do a 30-second summary before each summary drops. You can find that summary on reels on Facebook and IG. The 30-second summary for this episode can be found here. We always remind students that we use summary as support for analysis, not the analysis itself. We’re trying to demonstrate that in our podcast.

What do you need to know about Abbott Elementary?

  • It is an ABC show and you can find season one streaming on Hulu 

  • It is inspired by a real teacher: “When you believe in them, you put in the work,” said Joyce Abbott, the Philadelphia teacher who inspired Abbott Elementary. “It's more than a job.”

Literary analysis focus for episode: Stereotypes/Archetypes

  • What is a stereotype?

  • What is an archetype?

  • Teacher stereotypes

  • Administrator stereotypes

  • Highlights the struggles but also the heart that is in education.

What are we enjoying right now?

  • Alicia: RuPaul’s Drag Race (TV), Upstairs at the White House (book)

  • Sarah: The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (book), Top Gun: Maverick (movie)

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