Supernatural legends, race and urban legends, teen horror legends, travel/tourism/contamination legends, conspiracy theories, or legends relating to media and technology

As part of the course assignments, you are required to complete a final project that reflects on the major themes and questions developed throughout the quarter.     The portfolio will contain a collection of six urban legends (with extensive analysis) covering each of our main subject areas (teen horrors, racial fears, conspiracy theories, supernatural stories, contamination/disease fears, technology fears). Your portfolio must include:  

1) An Introductory Statement:  This one-to-two-page statement should detail your process in finding and selecting your legends. It should also reflect on key class topics and themes that aided in your understanding of these legends. (10 points)  

2) Six personally collected narratives, with accompanying analysis.  Each narrative discussion should include the following:

·       Basic background information, including the person or source from whom you collected the narrative, and where that person in turn first heard it. Also, make a concerted effort to locate the narrative’s folk origins through consultation of class readings and/or internet inquiries (e.g., snopes). (30 points)

·       Identify and discuss what specific characteristics make this an urban legend/legend/rumor/memorate/truth claim. (We will discuss these categories in lecture) (10 points)

·       (Briefly) Narrative itself, including any variations or parallels found in class readings/discussions. (10 points)

·       Most importantly—One full page (or more) of analysis: How did this narrative fit course themes?  Is it believable, particularly to the storyteller? How might the narrative reinforce their beliefs about the world? Does the narrative hold an obvious social function or contain a clear moral message? Is it conveying a sense of anxiety or fear?  Use specific arguments and examples from both our class discussions and readings in your analysis! (40 points

3) Works Cited Page (APA preferred but MLA or Chicago acceptable)

Format:  This is meant to be a creative assignment; choose the format the best fits your set of legends. You may use illustrations, pictures, graphics, and specialized fonts at your leisure. You are also required to provide a works cited page.   

Topics:  This portfolio offers the opportunity to select legend topics of your choice. I encourage VARIETY, in both your sources and your themes. You must collect one narrative from each major course theme from this quarter (supernatural legends, race and urban legends, teen horror legends, travel/tourism/contamination legends, conspiracy theories, or legends relating to media and technology).  You may find legends online, from friends and family, through library sources, or in the media. Do not limit yourself to finding legends on snopes. At least four of the legends you collect must come via oral transmission from friends, relatives, or other in-person interactions (for pandemic safety purposes, video chat is preferred). If you experience difficulty in finding sources, please come talk to us! You must cite all sources (APA format preferred).

**Note: Please respect your respondents and their narratives. Use pseudonyms by default, and make sure you have their permission to use their stories for this portfolio.**

Grading:  Your final portfolio is worth a whopping 40% of your final grade. We will grade this final project based on your ability to fully engage and analyze the topics covered during this quarter. Do not skimp on your analysis. Do not try to put together your portfolio at the last minute. Exercise good judgment in your legend selections, and take the time to put together a thoughtful, visually interesting portfolio.

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