Lesson Plan

Creating a Tall Tale

Students will investigate a tall tale in order to indentify the elements of tall tales. They will create their own tall tale.
Debby H.
Special Education Instructor
Geneva Kent Elementary School
Huntington, WV
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math

Students will be able to identify the elements of tall tales. They will use that knowledge to create their own tall tale through the use of digital apps on the iPad.

English Language Arts
Grades 3
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1 Hook

Students will be introduced to tall tales by viewing the video about Paul Bunyan on the Professor Garfield website. The story is found under the Knowledge Box section of the site. This video introduces the elements of tall tales while telling about Paul Bunyan. This will capture the students' attention and motivate them to want to learn more about tall tales..

2 Direct Instruction

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After seeing the video, students will read the book, "Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox" from the Reading A-Z website in their small reading groups.

The teacher will work with students to make a list of the characteristics of a tall tale. The list should include: • The story has many exaggerations in it. • The main character has a problem to solve. • The main character is bigger than life and has super-human abilities. • The plot of the story is funny and impossible. • In the end, the main character solves a problem, overcomes an obstacle and/or defeats a “bad guy.” The story includes lots of action.

After completing the list, the students will revisit the book and highlight parts of the book that show the contain the elements of tall tales..

Students will then create a checklist of the elements of tall tales.

To test the students' comprehension of the story they will take the comprehension quiz for the book that is included on the website.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Exploring

Students will be asked to select a book from a pre-selected set of books in the classroom. They will read the book and use their checklist of the elements of a tall tale to evaluate the book to determine if it is a tall tale. Students will list their books on a Venn Diagram on the interactive whiteboard under either the category of Tall Tale or Not a Tall Tale..

4 Independent Practice

Students will create their own tall tale using a storyboard. They will then use the Puppet Pals app on the iPad to create their tall tale as a puppet presentation. They will evaluate their tale using the checklist and revise as needed.

5 Wrap-Up

Students will present their tall tales puppet shows to each other using the Puppet Pals app and the interactive white board. Students will use the elements checklist to evaluate each others tales and give feedback to one another.'.