I am teaching a unit in Sociology this week that I love: Urban Legends.
Now, any sociology teacher out there is going- "Wait, that is NOT in the TEKS!"
Nope, its not. Except that it is.
See, we need to teach norms of society and cultural life in the US, and there is where Urban Legends lie. They teach us social control- "Do not go out parking with your significant other or a hook man will get you." They shape and help try to make sense of the things we do not understand, such as the cloud from the Towers on 9-11 that "has the face of the devil in it." They are a part of the culture of America in that we all know these stories, and we have adapted our behavior because of it. How many of you remember parents rifling through your Halloween candy to find that razor blade some psycho might have put in- and sampling some just to make sure?
I love this lesson, because I enjoy the story and scary aspect of the legends. But I also enjoy it because it makes things relevant for students. Plus, the assessment for it is that student groups will have to present an urban legend of their choosing, explain its origins, and what behavior or norm it is trying to reinforce or deter.
If anyone wants to use the lesson, I will share the Prezi here.
Just wanted to share a quick lesson idea, and a challenge to find the beauty hidden in the standards.