Writing Tall Tales guides your students step by step through the process of writing a story that exaggerates the adventures of a larger-than-life person. Instructions, activities, examples, videos, interactives, and downloads help students gain new story-writing strategies and skills. You can also present this unit right from your interactive whiteboard.
Students begin by creating exaggerations for different general subjects, for example" the morning was so cheerful that the flowers started singing." Students also brainstorm special powers for a specific person. Then they read two classic tall tales and respond in writing. Afterward, students are ready to write their own tall tales:
- Prewriting activities help students create a larger-than-life hero with special powers and pit the person against a challenging foe or situation.
- Writing activities help students write a beginning that introduces the hero, setting, and problem. Students then develop a middle part that uses action and dialogue to show the problem and the way that the hero solves it. An ending paragraph brings the tall tale to a fitting conclusion.
- Revising activities help students improve the dialogue and logic in their stories. Students also learn to get a peer review, and use a checklist to make improvements.
- Editing activities help students improve their paragraphing and choose the right word. An editing checklist helps students check for common errors.
- Publishing activities help students create a clean final copy of their tall tales and reflect on what they have learned.