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Exploring Education and Disney’s Top Urban Legends

In Season 9, Episode 17 of My Disney Class Podcast, co-hosts Ryan Boeckman and Howie DiBlasi embark on an intriguing exploration of the top ten urban legends about Disney and education. Delving into the realm of myth and mystery, Ryan and Howie uncover fascinating stories and rumors that have circulated within the Disney and educational communities. From supposed hidden messages in Disney films to legendary tales of innovative teaching methods inspired by Disney magic, the hosts dissect each urban legend with curiosity and insight. Drawing on their collective knowledge and expertise, Ryan and Howie offer engaging commentary and analysis, separating fact from fiction and shedding light on the truths behind these captivating tales. Throughout the episode, listeners are treated to a blend of entertainment and education as Ryan and Howie unravel the myths surrounding Disney and its influence on educational practices. Join them on this captivating journey as they debunk myths, share anecdotes, and celebrate the enduring legacy of Disney and education. Tune in to discover the truth behind the top ten urban legends about Disney and education, and prepare to be enchanted by the magic of storytelling and discovery.

We hope you enjoyed our look at urban legends at Disney and in schools. We also hope you found a few nuggets that might inspire a lesson or activity that you can do with your students dealing with urban legends. If you haven’t already, remember to join the fun and supportive community we have in our Facebook group, Educators who love Disney and don’t forget to rate and review our podcast on Apple Music. Your support and feedback will only make us better and that’s no urban legend!


Lesson / activity ideas:

Urban Legend Investigation:

Divide students into small groups and assign each group a different urban legend to investigate. Provide them with resources such as books, articles, and websites to research the origins and variations of the legend. Then, have each group present their findings to the class, discussing the history, themes, and cultural significance of the urban legend they explored.

Create Your Own Urban Legend:

Challenge students to create their own urban legends inspired by common themes or elements found in existing legends. Encourage them to consider the setting, characters, and plot twists that would captivate an audience. Once students have developed their urban legends, have them share their stories with classmates through written narratives, oral presentations, or multimedia projects.

Film Analysis:

Screen a film or television episode that features urban legends as a central theme, such as "Urban Legends: Final Cut" or an episode of "Supernatural." After watching, lead a discussion with students about the elements of suspense, mystery, and folklore present in the film. Encourage them to analyze how urban legends are portrayed in popular media and how they contribute to the overall narrative.

Storyboarding Urban Legends:

Have students choose a specific urban legend and create a storyboard illustrating key scenes or moments from the legend. This activity allows students to practice visual storytelling skills while also deepening their understanding of the legend's plot and structure. Once complete, students can share their storyboards with the class and discuss their creative choices.

Debunking Myths and Misconceptions:

Teach students critical thinking skills by challenging them to debunk common myths and misconceptions related to urban legends. Provide examples of urban legends that have been disproven or debunked by experts, and encourage students to research and analyze the evidence. Then, have students present their findings in a debate or persuasive essay format, arguing why certain urban legends should be considered fact or fiction.



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