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Discover with your class the humorous solution that follows tall tales. Elementary learners will discuss the tall tale Paul Bunyan and give ordinary solutions for the problems in the story. They will read Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett by Steven Kellogg and do guided and independent practice using passages from this story.
Elementary schoolers read many tall tales. They create their own tall tale about a specific event of their choosing. They must act the part of the author. This well-designed activity takes three class sessions to complete, and is well-worth the time. Learners utilize internet resources and publishing resources to create their own tall tale based on an everyday event.
Second graders write a sentence that is an exaggeration demonstrated in a tall tale. In this tall tale lesson plan, 2nd graders read the story Peco's Bill and discuss what makes it a tall tale. Then they view a PowerPoint presentation on tall tales, and write an exaggeration sentence.
Beyond Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, tall tales can be a great way to teach young writers about word choice and voice in their writing. Using Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee and the Six-Trait Writing process, they begin to write their own modern-day tall tales placing emphasis on exaggeration, metaphors, and similes. The lesson plan includes all necessary worksheets and resource links.
Fourth graders identify elements of a tall tale and a play. In this genre study lesson, 4th graders compare the elements of a tall tale and the elements of a web that are written on the board. Students read the story, Tall Tale Man and discuss if it was a true tall tale or not.
Infusing critical thinking into the mix, this lesson has pupils analyze events in story to determine which are real and which are exaggerated. They begin the activity by discussing how to use Kispiration to create a story map. Then, they listen to a tall tale and map out the events, identifying which ones were real and which ones were exaggerated.
Students identify tall tale characters and locations, based on actual people and places, and describe how they are used in an exaggerated way. Students identify created characters and events from tall tales and list various literary characterisitcs of tall tales. Students create their own tall tale.
Middle schoolers explore the elements of American folktales. They discuss how they are passed on from generation to generation, how they use exaggeration, and how they convey a message or make a point. Students identify common elements of tall tales, and write a tall tale of their own, which they read aloud to the class.