Friday, December 20, 2013

My dear friends,


I'm going on vacation now. I really need to rest and recharge the batteries. Salvador and its beaches are waiting for me. I wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas and a perfect 2014. New posts are coming up in January 2014. See you soon!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Urban Legend & When a Stranger Calls: Urban Legends

When a Stranger Calls is a classic. In the 80's, it was probably one of the first (good) movies about an urban legend. Urban Legend, though, is just average, but this scene is great, especially because it explains what an urban legend is. Moreover, the scene is great. However, I recommend you use them with adults only.


I. Watch the movie segment and answer these questions, based on the teacher's explanation and happenings in the segment.


1. What is an urban legend?

2. What is a cultural admonition?

3. Do urban legends really happen in real life?

4. What is the cultural admonition in the story about the babysitter?

5. What is the urban legend about pop rocks?

6. Who's Mike?

7. Think about 5 urban legends you have heard of where you live. Then think about the cultural admonition behind the story.

Ex: There is a fake nurse who steals newly born babies in hospitals.
Cultural Admonition: Have an eye on your baby at all times or you may lose it forever.
II. Watch the segment from When a Stranger Calls and answer the questions.

1. What are the similarities between this scene and the one described by the professor in Urban Legend?

2. Do you think it is an urban legend? Is it still a common legend or it outdated?

3. What do you think will happen next?

4. Would the technology we have today change the situation of the character? How so?