Urban legends are tales that are passed down through communities. They can be cautionary tales, creepy stories, or even jokes. When I mention urban legends to my students, they can name off several. In fact, this can insight quite the conversation!
One of my favorite writing projects of the year is asking students to write a
urban rural legend. This is a quick creative writing exercise in which students create short stories that are set in their own communities. Sometimes students elaborate on legends they have heard before, but often they create something entirely new. We follow our writing timewith an open mic where students can share their work and I also save these stories for the next year’s students to read. In this way, rural students are contributing to the narratives and myths surrounding their own communities and environments.
Click here to download a simple slideshow that walks students through how to write a rural legend.