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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.
K English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Born on a Mountaintop? Davy Crockett, Tall Tales, and History
Students compare and contrast the details from the life of the real David Crockett and the legendary folk hero he later became. They identify the characteristics of a tall tale and follow a rubric to create a tall tale of their own.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
Tell a Ton of Tall Tales
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 lesson takes three class sessions to complete, and is well-worth the time.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
Collaborative Tall Tale Lesson Plan
Using Keynote, pupils will collaborate with their peers to create a tall tale. Each person in the group will participate by creating slides, adding text, and recording their voice. Tip: Have each group present their tall tales to the rest of the class.
3rd English Language Arts
Tall Tales Story Mapping
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.
4th English Language Arts
Tall Tales: Larger Than Life Stories
Review the elements of tall tales with your class. Take a look at their genesis and purpose. Different types of figurative language found in tall tales are included such as hyperbole, simile, and metaphor. Before reading an American tall tale, go through these slides with your class to give them background information.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
"Knot" the Whole Truth: Writing a Modern-Day Story with a Tall Tale's Voice
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.
5th - 9th English Language Arts
What Makes a Story a Tall Tale?
Like the Greek myths of old, America has adopted the idea that some men are more than ordinary. Students study the characteristics that make up a Tall Tale. They read 3 Tales, and answer true or false questions seeing if the stories they have read fit the rule.
5th English Language Arts
Distinguishing Between Three Types of Folktales:Fairy Tales, Legends, and Tall Tales
Challenge your class with this lesson plan comparing literary genres! They compare folktales, fairy tales, legends, and tall tales using this activity which comes with a series of templates and worksheets.
6th English Language Arts
Give your class an overview of American tall tales and some examples with these slides. The basic definition of folk stories, legends, and tall tales is explained, followed by famous characters from American lore. Reading suggestions are provided to pique your learners' interest.
5th - 7th English Language Arts
A Tall Tale
Seven quick slides give your class the "facts" on Paul Bunyan. This tall tale was made up to entertain lumberjacks and many interesting points are detailed here. As you study various folk tales, show this presentation to portray one of the most well-known American legends.
3rd - 9th English Language Arts
Men of Steel
Students explore early 20th century steel making. In this U.S. history steel making instructional activity, students view and describe a postcard and a picture depicting exaggerated aspects of the steel industry. Students listen to a poem about Joe Magarac, the legendary Pittsburgh steel worker.
4th - 8th English Language Arts