By Shayla McGhee The first day of school is quickly approaching for many of our Georgia school districts, and in an effort to help teachers and students overcome their first day jitters, we have added even more activities to our popular icebreaker blog! Icebreakers may seem trivial but they can assist with building meaningful relationships with students. Jennifer Gonzalez wrote a wonderful article outlining a four-part process for getting to know your students and lists breaking the ice as the first step to creating a comfortable environment where students aren't afraid to ask questions and take academic risks.
Take a look at the example. Now write your own. Pick two tall tale characters and analyze how they were alike and different. First start by identifying the story elements of the tall tales.
What parts of their stories make them a tall tale? What exaggerations are made? Do you think a tall tale is similar to a person who is a legend? Another name for a hero is a legend.
Do you think either of your characters were American heroes? Why or why not? Do you think authors of the tall tales did research? Do you think either character originated from a true story and then was exaggerated? Use Inspiration software to create a diagram showing your comparison.
Illustrate A Tall Tale.
Take one of the tall tales you find online or one that you have written, and complete illustrations to go along with the story. Have fun, use your imagination, and don't forget to share, display your finished work.
Perform A Tall Tales Play. Visit the Legend of Slappy Hooper: An American Tall Tale by A. First read the story, then click Reader's Theater to read the tall tale as a play. You can put together a performance of this play or write and perform an original tall tale production of your own.
Videotape your play and share it with another class.A tall tale is a fictional story that exaggerates the truth. Tall tales began as campfire stories told by American pioneers. They are a fun creative writing project for children because they are full of humour and exaggeration.
With so many sources of information out there, it's important to know how to write a bibliography. For kids just entering the world of research and report-writing, here's a handy reference guide on how to write a bibliography, plus a quick exercise at the end to make sure they've got the process down.
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Include your name and the name of your school or library. Starring famous Tall Tale heroes like Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, and John Henry, it is a downright fun, yet meaningful film. Discuss the characters and the Code of the West.
Read some Tall Tales online or have some fun with Mary Pope Osborne’s American Tall . Using Folk Tales for Writing Tall Tales American tall tales are whoppers, indeed!
Use Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, Mike Fink and other legendary heroes to write original tall tales. Easier - Throughout history people have told and written stories about their heroes.A tall tale is a special kind of hero story because the heroes of tall tales are 'larger than life'.