This activity introduces students to symbolic interactionism by playing the game, What do You Meme? After a lecture on symbolic interactionism, students take turns judging meme and caption card pairings made by their classmates. While playing, students are asked to consider how meme use is a sign of social competence and meaning-making.
- Subject Area(s):
- Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems, Theory
- Resource Type(s):
- Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- College 100, High School
- Class Size(s):
- Medium, Small
- This activity requires the instructor to purchase the game What Do You Meme?: https://whatdoyoumeme.com/
- One set of the game is sufficient for a class of 30 students. For larger classes, the instructor will want a second copy or expansion packs...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Students will be able to describe symbolic interactionism in their own words
- Students will identify a variety of “symbols” and will be able to articulate how humans attach social meaning to these symbols
- Students will examine and evaluate how we use these symbols to communicate with one another or make sense of daily social life
- Students will articulate how people often consider the reaction and expectations of the audience before acting in a social environment.
- Learning Goal 1: Exam and written response assignments will ask students to define symbolic interactionism and identify examples of how people make meaning through the use of symbols in everyday life.
- Learning Goal 2: When presenting their winning pairs, students are asked to identify the “symbols” within each image that communicate ideas and feelings.
- Learning Goals 3 and 4: When describing the winning pairs, students will identify how symbols may take on different meaning in different social contexts