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    • November 11, 2010, 02:11:45 pm
    • Busan, South Korea
Friday the 13th
« on: May 13, 2011, 06:59:26 am »
It may be too late to be of use, but I did this yesterday and my students loved it (all grades both boys and girls).

Also I didn't mean to exclude other countries, I just stated 'American Superstitions' because that's where I'm from and I'm a bit too lazy to check where else these are valid. Also feel free to keep/change/delete the story in the beginning.

Lastly, sorry if the formatting in the ppt is a bit off, I created these in Openoffice.


Re: Friday the 13th
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2011, 08:52:52 am »
Cheers mate good presentation


Re: Friday the 13th
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2011, 08:57:44 am »
Nice. I did something about the number 13 in a lesson a few weeks ago. I figured most of my students would forget or not care. I had about 50 students run up to me today and scream, "TEACHER! FRIDAY 13! AHHHH! WE ARE DOOMED!"

I might use this for an after school class. Thanks.


  • jaspar
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    • March 04, 2011, 08:33:43 pm
    • Gumi, South Korea
Re: Friday the 13th
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2011, 09:08:40 am »
I once read a really interesting idea about Friday the 13th. It goes that this day is actually one of the safest days of the year because people are concerned about the perceived risk and so actively take steps to avoid accidents. Therefore, where human error is a factor, you should see few accidents on Friday the 13th.

Unfortunately, I don't recall the argument being accompanied with statistics, so it may be apocryphal. Maybe I'll do some research later.


  • NYConn
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    • November 25, 2010, 07:44:09 am
    • Korea
Re: Friday the 13th
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2011, 09:23:09 am »
This is great, thank you! I used this for one class so far (2nd year high school girls) and they ate it up. I started the class with a 2 min Friday the 13th movie trailer, which got their attention then proceeded with the ppt and handouts.

After, I included "Fan Death" as a topic of conversation and showed them the attached video. Needless to say, they jokingly tried to convince me this wasn't superstition but fact. This made for a really good class, thanks again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oms2grI1TC0


Re: Friday the 13th
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2011, 10:03:44 am »
Awesome powerpoint.  I fixed it up/formatting and added some pictures for the story.  The font fading is off now...so sorry about that.


Re: Friday the 13th
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2011, 10:12:06 am »
Awesome powerpoint.  I fixed it up/formatting and added some pictures for the story.  The font fading is off now...so sorry about that.

Nice update to the original. I was in the process or redoing it, because it was not working right on my computer lol


Re: Friday the 13th
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2011, 02:39:43 pm »
The fan death thing is fascinating. I was able to use it in my after school class today, and the kids flipped for it! They loved how Korea "won" in the end. It was also surprising for them to hear the multitude of supersititions that we have in the English world vs. Korea, who I find have comparatively little. And minus the red ink  for your name is bad luck, I have yet to encounter anything comparable. The students seemed a bit stumped when pressed for more Korean superstitions.


  • cathyb
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    • September 01, 2011, 07:58:30 am
    • Seoul
Re: Friday the 13th
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2011, 02:10:34 pm »
I'm covering superstitions (some may be considered old wives' tales rather than superstitions) this week, and I'm using the original PPT here with a few more slides added about wedding superstitions, such as the woman who catches the bouquet will be the next to marry. I figured this would provide some balance and would interest the girls since the sports superstitions interests the boys (and no, I don't mean that girls don't like sports, but I have some very girly girls in my classes who would be bored otherwise). They have a worksheet with good luck and bad luck superstitions they can fill in as we go through the PPT. After going through the PPT, I ask the students about Korean superstitions and write their responses on the board. Surprisingly, so far no one has even mentioned fan death, but I still show them the video on YouTube after discussing Korean superstitions and asking them if it is true afterward. Most said no. The superstitions they have come up with: the number four, not eating seaweed soup before a test, etc. Then I gave them time to answer the last two questions on the worksheet--whether they believed in superstitions and which ones and to make up a superstition. I ask them to be creative and have fun with it. Some examples from my more advanced students:

"If you eat tacos on your birthday, you will become prettier by Christmas."
"If you trip over a rock, you will get a boyfriend."
"If you don't push in your chair at night, a ghost will sit in it." 

If there's time, I also show them the trailer for the original Friday the 13th movie with Kevin Bacon. It's kind of cheesy, but I think a bit more appropriate for middle schoolers than the updated Friday the 13th, and watching the students' reactions is fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjiqwTv9yeI.

It's been a really fun lesson so far. Hope this is useful!