Student Learning and Academic Performance
Digital Literacy
Urban Legends and Hoaxes: Lesson Plan PDF
Grade Level: 6 -12


Part I - Introduction

Some people are very good at telling stories. Are they all true? It is it hard to tell sometimes. The same holds true for the stories and scams circulated on the Internet. If something sounds bizarre or too good to be true, then it probably isn't true. Learn how to spot hoaxes and urban legends. Find web sites that will help you sort out the tales from the truth. Knowledge is a powerful tool.

Part II - Class/Advisory Activities

•  Videos


Urban Legends Video

•  Discussion Questions



Why do you think people create Urban Legends? In what ways are they bad? What do they say about a person who forwards an Urban Legend?

•  Activities


Discuss information on web page with students. Go to Urban Legends.

Part III - Reflection

•  Writing Prompt(s)  

What Urban Legends do you know about? What signs help you spot Urban Legends?

•  Journal Writing


What are some ways to help keep Urban Legends from spreading?

Part IV - Extension Activities

•  Class/Advisory School Activities


Discuss how technology can create pictures that look real but really aren't. What software programs might be used. How could this technology be used for other industries, such as the modeling industry?

•  Home Interaction Links  

Talk to your parents about Urban Legends. Have they ever been fooled into forwarding an Urban Legend?

Part V- Resources

How to Spot an Urban Legend