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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
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. (30 points)
• Discuss what specific characteristics make this an urban
legend/legend/rumor/memorate/truth claim. (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? 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)
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. If you
experience difficulty in finding sources, please come talk to me! You must cite all
sources (APA format preferred).

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