Tall tales are stories that are exaggerated and often unbelievable but entertaining. They typically feature larger-than-life characters and exciting adventures. Often, these stories are passed down through generations and are based on real events.
Tall Tale: an Outrageous Story
Tall Tale: A tall tale is a story with unbelievable elements, related in a humorous or exaggerated way. It usually features an exaggerated hero or protagonist. Exaggeration: Exaggeration is an extreme overstatement of a statement, description, or feeling. It is used to create an impression of greater significance than the truth. Hero: In storytelling a hero is the main character in a story. A hero is typically brave and resourceful and is often faced with difficult challenges.
In the early 1800s, a tall tale about a man named Paul Bunyan emerged. According to the tale, Paul Bunyan was a giant lumberjack who was aided by a giant blue ox named Babe. The tall tale of John Henry dates back to the late 1800s and tells of a man who won a race against a steam drill. The tall tale of Pecos Bill dates back to the late 1800s and tells of a cowboy born in the saddle who could ride any horse and lasso a tornado.
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What elements of tall tales should be included for it to be considered a tall tale?
What characteristics of tall tales make them so enjoyable to read?
What tall tale did you enjoy reading the most and why?
What tall tale did you find the most outrageous and why?
Brain break: Draw a landscape with a wiggly road, and a hot air balloon.
Question: Create a tall tale about a legendary creature that lives in a nearby forest. What is the creature's story? Clues: • Think about the creature's features, habits, and what it likes to do. • Take into consideration the other animals and plants that live in the forest and how they interact with each other. • Make sure your story is exciting, funny, or full of adventure! In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Work with a partner and draw a sketch of the creature and its environment. B. Write a short story about the creature's adventures in the forest.
What is a tall tale?
- A story with a moral lesson
- A story about fictional characters
- A story that exaggerates the truth or reality
Which of the following is an example of a tall tale character?
- Huckleberry Finn
- Atticus Finch
- Paul Bunyan
Tall tales are often associated with which region of the United States?
- New England
- The South
- The American West
What type of language and descriptions are common in tall tales?
- Abstract and philosophical language.
- Exaggerated language and descriptions to make events seem larger than life.
- Simple and straightforward language.
Which famous author wrote 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,' a classic American tall tale?
- Ernest Hemingway
- Edgar Allan Poe
- Mark Twain
Work together in pairs: What is one example of a tall tale?