Have you ever heard of Johnny Appleseed? Annie Oakley? Paul Bunyan? Who were these characters and what do their stories have in common? They are all characters in Tall Tales. When you are done with this project you will not only know about these characters, you will BE one, too. Just imagine: you as a Super Hero!
You will visit websites for background information about Tall Tales. Then you will read some Tall Tales, both on the internet and in books. You will examine the characteristics of a Tall Tale character. Finally you will be ready to write a tall tale with yourself as the star.
1. Go to both of the following sites to read about Tall Tales:
Introduction to the study of American Tall Tales and
American Folklore and Tall Tales (click on number 3 "What are the features of a tall tale story?")
2. Now go to these
sites to read some tall tales:
A) The story of John Henry http://www.americanfolklore.net/folktales/wv2.html
B) An advertisement that exaggerates Annie Oakley: http://www.cowgirls.com/dream/cowgals/oakley.htm
C) A story about Paul Bunyan: http://www.brainerd.com/pbtrail/tale.html
OR you can read these three very short stories about Paul Bunyan: http://www.americanfolklore.net/folktales/mi.html AND
D) A short tale of Johnny Appleseed: http://www.applejuice.org/johnnyappleseed.html
3. Also read five Tall Tales from the classroom library. Write down the title of each Tall Tale that you read.
4. Choose three of
the Tall Tales you have read (either online or from a book) and
do any one of the following projects for each of them:
A) Draw a picture of the main character based on the description given. Then write your own description of the character.
B) Write down at least four examples of exaggeration that you found in the story.
C) Write down at least four examples of simile that you found in the story. (Simile is when one thing is compared to another using the words "like" or "as".)
5. Read the information at: How to Write a Tall Tale .
6. Write an outline
of the main events of your Tall Tale. YOU will be the
main character. Use the template on any of the three following
http://www.millville.org/Workshops_f/Dich_FOLKLORE/FOLKTEXT/folkhome.htm (first click on number 3 "What are the featurs of a tall tale story?", then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Tall Tale Story Frame)
Remember that the things happening to you should be "larger than life", fantastic, and exaggerated. You must use at least five examples of exaggeration or simile in your story.
7. Write a final draft
of your Tall Tale. Write it on the long sheets of paper in the
back of the classroom. We will be posting these on the bulletin board
to share with others, so do your best work. Check your punctuation
and spelling. Use your best handwriting or use a computer (ask your
teacher to help you set the margins so it will print in the same shape as
the long paper.) You may illustrate your story, but this is not required.
|1 POINT||2 POINTS||3 POINTS|
|Tall Tale Readings and
|less than 3 character drawings and/or exaggeration/similes||A total of 3 character drawings and/or examples of exaggeration/simile. BUT at least one drawing does not have description and/or less than 4 examples of exaggeration/simile||A total of 3 of the following: character drawings with description and/or 4 examples of exaggeration/simile|
|Format of Tall Tale||does not follow a given template||follows a given template with slight variation||follows a given template|
|Appearance of Tall Tale||messy, many punctuation/spelling mistakes, and/or not on long paper||few spelling/punctuation mistakes, neat but not on long paper||is neat, correct spelling/punctuation, on long paper|
|Charateristics of Tall Tale||has one example of exaggeration||has two to four examples of exaggeration||has five or more examples of exaggeration|
|Content of Tall Tale||unclear plot, simply lists a series of exaggerations||has clear plot||clear plot and has details and descriptions to develop plot and character|
If you would like to see Tall Tales written by other students, visit these websites:
children in the Yukon made up these tall tales.
a third grade class in Arizona created these tall tales.