Value of Tall Tales

Posted by Teresa M. on Jul 1, 2015 5:13:51 AM


Tall tales are stories that are loosely based on real people that did larger than life deeds. These stories can be humorous when the main character solves a problem by impossible means. You can have your children create their own versions of these classic tall tales. Tall tales encourage creativity and planning. These can be either written down or told as fun classroom or family activity.

First, review classic tall tales with your children...

Sample Classic Tall Tales

Paul and Babe are summoned to help the people of Shadowtown move their house to the sunny side of the mountain. But Babe's strength kept hurling the houses too far so a young boy named Ezra devises a plan to tempt Babe with a basket of apples that help her to slowly push the houses to the exact spot they wanted. All the houses were moved and they celebrated while Babe takes a nap.

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Sung to the tune "The Muffin Man", this rhyming title will have students giggling as they learn the tale of Johnny Appleseed.
Cowboy hero Pecos Bill has one true love and that is Sluefoot Sue. He first sees her when she is riding a catfish down the Rio Grande.
Second, have your students retell in their own words.
Retelling is a quick method to check their comprehension.
Lastly, create their own version of this classic tall tale.

Creating their own stories requires higher level thinking skills. By using a story map or graphic organizer, your students will be better prepared to tell their story. This also allows students to be creative when planing their stories.Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 6.38.38 PM

Connection to Common Core ELA Standards

Key Ideas and Details:

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.
Use temporal words and phrases to signal event order.
Provide a sense of closure.

Topics: Personal Experiences, Common Core, Publisher Preview, Integration Ideas, Reading Lists, Writing, Literacy

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