Another theme that I have noticed cropping up with increasing regularity
has been images from video games. The students had to explain to me
where these ideas, (in their creative writing also) were coming from.
It is an area that I never explore. In the past, I was more attuned to
children's pop culture, but unless I buy a Sega or somesuch, I am no
longer aware of what appears to be a very pervasive influence on my
students. Has anyone else noticed this?