by Jerdine Nolen
Lesson plans and teaching resources
Exploring American Tall Tales
Students will explore the common elements of folktales and tall tales while learning how these tales built the spirit of the American people. They will identify the tall tale elements and write responses to these tales, including a composition in the form of a monologue or a news report. They will perform these compositions for the class. Designed for grades 5-8.
Students note details as they read. Includes text-dependent questions, vocabulary words, a writing task, and additional learning activities. Word processor required for access.
Thundering Tall Tales: Using Read-Aloud as a Springboard to Writing
This lesson, intended for the end of a unit on tall tales, uses the book Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen to reinforce the common elements, or text structure, of tall tales. As the text is read aloud, students examine the elements of the book that are characteristic of tall tales. Then using what they've learned over the course of the unit and lesson, they write tall tales of their own. Includes story map and timeline tool.