Is That Really True? Urban Legends and Information Evaluation Skills by ProQuest

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A list of characteristics would include the following: * They are narrative. * They are alleged to be true. * They are plausible enough to be believed. * They are of indeterminate origin. * They vary in the telling. * They are attributed to a secondhand source. * They are passed along from individual to individual and may take the form of a cautionary tale warning against the dangers of modern life.4 As we brainstorm about the subject matter of urban legends and share some urban legends, we decide that these stories may be about abductions, violence, diseases, contamination, drugs, death, ghosts, stereotypes, strangers, diverse cultures and lands, huge corporations, or technology.5 The students discuss the differences between urban legends delivered in the oral tradition and urban legends delivered through email. USING THE QUICK AND DIRTY METHOD OF EVALUATION It's at this point that we introduce our "quick and dirty" methodology, asking students to explore internet sites in an activity called "Doubtful or Dependable?" In this activity, students look at various sites and are asked to quickly determine whether the site is reliable.

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