Fake News

Congratulations to all of you for your Final Work for this year, our Project about Mysteries and Fake News.

Before you look at your work, let’s make a reflection. We live in a world where we are surrounded by information and in which technology plays a very important role as a medium to create and share content of all kinds instantly. This takes us to consider both the role of those who create such content and of those who become active readers and spectators. It is very important to turn to valid sources of information not only when creating but also when judging content, especially because as you all know, much of the information you find on the Internet may not be true or based on real evidence, so it could become fake, either on purpose or because the author did not check the sources.

As you prepared your final work you observed different types of fake news I shared with you and you saw the different purposes behind them, for example, to entertain, amuse and make fun or surprise. You also noticed that very often fake news may be intentionally misleading or manipulative, especially in the area of entertainment and politics.

As you worked on the topic of mysteries this year by creating content with fact and personal opinion, now it was time to create fake news based on a real or imaginary mystery. I’m very happy to share them here:

Do you believe in ghosts? No? Then you must check this news by Renata Garriga, Candelaria Saenz, Martina Rómulo and Mara Lasalle:

Talking about mysterious beings, what about the Snowman? Does it exist? What do you think? Read and find out at Joel Villagran’s news.

And if you think of a really mysterious place in the world, the Bermuda Triangle has always attracted the public’s opinion, don’t you agree? Here’s

And if you thought the last piece of news was not strange enough, then, have a look at the news about the Reptilians, written by Valentina Díaz and Pierina Lorente. They look scary, don’t they?

This world can sometimes be strange; if you don’t agree, just read this news from the world of science, created by Bernardo Toledo, Catalina Luzzi and Lisa Vasallo about a Killer gene.

Dealing with mysteries of a different kind, take a look at the following news.

A common type of fake news these days is about a celebrity accused of abuse. Can you detect what’s real and what’s fake in this news created by Jerónimo Rocha?

And here’s a fake news on local politics written by Matías Aroza, related to the recent elections in our country.

 

 

Mysteries Project 2018 revealed

The day has come to share your Projects, congratulations to all of you for your interesting work!

If you are curious about ancient enigmas underwater, watch this presentation about Atlantis by Sabina, Ángeles, Rebeca, Bianca and Julia.

Are you into mysteries like Area 51? Then have a look at this Prezi by Maite, Lucas, Joaquín and Franco.

How about listening to this podcast with some scary mysteries? Mobe’s podcast was created by Mateo and Beltrán.

What would you do if you had to find a way out in this situation? Listen to Escape Room podcast and find out. The story was invented by Nicolás, Julián, Felipe, Jano and Kevin.

If you enjoyed the previous stories, then read and watch The Mystery of the Talking Bird, a story by Santiago and Valentino. You won’t imagine the ending, but don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you, I don’t intend to spoil it, but you’ll be surprised…just watch and you’ll see!

 

 

 

 

Project Mysteries 2018

Welcome for our Final Work Project!  loch-ness-monster

People have been fascinated by mysteries since the beginning of humanity.

In groups, choose a mystery you are interested in and create a visual presentation, a video or a podcast about it.

If you like doing research, think about its origin, its connection with culture, an d your own reflection about it. Or, if you prefer, you can create your own mystery and choose one of the digital formats I’ve already suggested.

I really love mysteries and I can’t wait to know about the ones you’ve chosen!

 

World Mysteries revisited

If you read about our Project about Mysteries last year, you remember the ones my 6th year students chose.loch-ness-monster

Now I’d like to share the digital collages about the mysteries my students chose for this year:

Group 1 digital collage de María Cecilia Carattoli

Group 2 digital collage de María Cecilia Carattoli

The Zodiac Killer

 

 

World Mysteries Project: Mermaids

A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish; many non-Latin languages distinguish the original siren (Siren, German Sirene) from the siren with fish tail. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa, Asia and precolombine Cultures. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of smermaid-1hame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.

Hybrids of woman and bird

Although at first it was shown as hybrids of woman and bird with which the Egyptians symbolized Ba, later the Church, they became representatives of the voluptuousness and assimilated their songs with the attractiveness of the false doctrines. In the West, they became metamorphosed in pisciform beings from century IX, when the Liber Monstrorum began to spread.

In the context of Greek mythology, sirens are slightly diffuse creatures because of the remote and rich background of their origin, probably linked to the world of the dead. According to the original myths, they were beings with a bird’s body and a woman’s face or torso, which are unmistakably always distinguished by the fact of having a musical voice, prodigiously attractive and hypnotic

In pre-classical times they began to assimilate, but never fully, certain isolated aspects of other nymphs such as Naiads or Nereids: in particular, the more or less direct association with the liquid medium and the fatality of their attractiveness.

Naiads and nereids were lethal to men because of their aquatic nature, although they were usually beneficial and aided; On the other hand, the sirens acquired an evil character of monstrous hue, for the irresistible influence of their song led intentionally to perdition. The ships that approached their island ended up crashing against the rocks and they devoured the sailors, leaving the coast full of bones.

In the British Isles: Sirens were observed in British folklore as omens of bad luck. Mermaids could also swim in fresh water and reach the rivers and lakes and drown their victims, making them believe they were drowning people. Sometimes sirens could cure illnesses. Some sirens were described as large monsters up to 600 m

In China: In some ancient tales, sirens are a species whose tears become precious pearls. Mermaids can also weave a very valuable material that is not only light but also beautiful and transparent. Because of this, the fishermen always wanted to catch them, but the singing of the sirens made it difficult. In other Chinese legends, mermaids are wonderful creatures, skillful and versatile and it was badly seen that the fishermen wanted to capture them.

In the Iberian Peninsula: The siren stories are also very famous in the peninsula, there are a lot of stories about fish-women seducing the  sailors, although in others, these nymphs are totally benevolent

The Neo-Taíno nations of the Caribbean identify a mermaid called Aycayia with attributes of the goddess Jagua and the hibiscus flower of the majagua tree Hibiscus tiliaceus. In modern Caribbean culture, there is a mermaid recognized as a Haitian vodou loa called La Sirene (lit. “the mermaid”), representing wealth, beauty and the orisha Yemaya.

The best-known example of mermaids in literature is probably Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, first published in 1837. In the original story, a young mermaid falls in love with a human prince whom she saves from drowning when his ship is wrecked in a storm. Although her grandmother tells her not to envy humans, who live much shorter lives than mermaids, and whose only consolation is an immortal soul, the mermaid chooses to risk her life in order to be with the prince. She trades her tongue and her beautiful voice to the sea-witch in exchange for a draught that will make her human and allow her to live on land. She will have to rely on her beauty and charm to win the prince’s love, as she will be entir<img class=”alignright size-medium
Catholicism and the Sirens:

The sirens were used as a symbol of the dangerous temptation embodied by women, regularly throughout the Christian art of medieval times; However, in the seventeenth century, some Jesuit writers began to assert their real existence, including Cornelius, who said of the woman, “her look is like that of the legendary basilisk, her voice as mermaid, which enchants and with her beauty Deprives of reason. ” Antonio de Lorea and Atanasio Kircher argued that the sirens would have appeared aboard the ark of Noah. Others indicate that the sirens were sinners who somehow managed to survive the flood, but claim that God does not create human beings part and animal part.

World Mysteries Project: The Loch Ness Monster

loch-ness-monsterThis is one of the most well-known mysteries, the Loch Ness Monster in Scottland. You have probably seen this photo before. But is this a real mystery or is this a fake photograph?

Some people in Argentina have heard about a similar mystery, the Nahuelito, or the Nahuel Huapi monster.

But let’s find out more about the original enigma in this presentation made by Camila Marchán, María Maimone, Valentina Lamoureux, Oliverio Di Paolo and Nicolás Campodónico.

 

World Mysteries Project: Big Foot and Yasy Yateré

Have you ever heard about Bigfoot?

In this presentation by Luna Cabutti, Lola Alonso Citon, Malvina Harispe, Mora Pervieux and Malena Torino, you will see what these mysteries are about.

What about Yasy Yateré? You can listen to it in Spanish and read the translation into English, made by Luna.