Tall tales are stories that are exaggerated and often impossible. These stories usually include larger than life characters and events. Tall tales were popularized in the 1800s and are still enjoyed today.
Tall Tale: a story that is usually exaggerated and often impossible, but is told as if it were true. Hyperbole: an exaggerated statement used for emphasis or effect. Personification: attributing human characteristics to animals, objects, or ideas.
What is a tall tale? (Answer with a few words)
The tallest tale in the world is the story of Paul Bunyan, the giant lumberjack who cut down entire forests in a single night. The tale of John Henry is said to be based on a real folk hero who raced against a machine in a tunnel-digging contest and ultimately lost his life. The American tall tale hero, Pecos Bill, is believed to have been based on an actual cowboy named George McEwen who lived in Texas in the 1800s.
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What are some of the common elements of tall tales?
How does the exaggeration of the tall tale affect the story?
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What is a common setting in tall tales?
- A city street
- A shopping mall
- A rural area
Question: In tall tales, characters often have incredible talents. Create a tall tale about a character with an extraordinary talent. Clues: • Tall tales are stories that are exaggerated, often with larger-than-life characters. • The character should have a talent that no one else has. • The character should have a unique problem to overcome. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Create a drawing of your character and their talent. B. Explain their story to your partner.
What is a tall tale?
- A story with exaggerated or improbable events
- A short and simple story
- A real-life event that happened in the past
Who are some famous authors of tall tales?
- Mark Twain, Paul Bunyan, Davy Crockett
- William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway
- J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, George R.R. Martin
Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of a tall tale?
- Realistic events
- Exaggerated details
What is the main purpose of telling or writing a tall tale?
- Informing people about current events