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Out on the frontier of the 1800s, American settlers liked to exaggerate. They created heroes and heroines who were larger than life and did amazing deeds. The result was a new kind of story - the tall tale. Tall tales are still told today. After you read these examples, add to the tradition and write your own! Tall Tales
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Theme 1:Natures FuryTeacher Read Aloud: Bess CallRetold by Kevin Supples
Building Background:1. The genre focus is Tall Tales2. What do you know about tall tale characters?
Comprehension Skill: Understanding Tall Tales1. Tall Tales differ from other stories.2. The characters and events are exaggerated. Some tall tales explain how a natural phenomenon or event came about.
Theme 1:Natures Fury Setting a Purpose: Pay attention to exaggerated characters and actions as I read aloud, Bess Call.
What clues tell you that the story is a tall tale?
Which of Besss and Joes activities are clues that the story is a tall tale?
3. Why do you think Dewey D. finally leaves, never to return to Call Farm?
Vocabulary FluencyHow Fast Can You Read the Words?deedstalesettlerexaggeratefrontiertraditionheroheroinevarmintforagedismalinstinct
acts or actionsdeeds
The young boy was knighted for his virtuous and brave deeds.Synonyms:endeavorsaccomplishments
the main male character in a story, poem, or play
The hero was commended with a medal and a key to the city.Synonym:conqueroridol
to describe something as being greater or larger that it really isexaggerate
She has a tendency to exaggerate the truth.Synonyms:embellishinflate
The development of the railroad helped to move the American frontier farther west.
a remote area beyond which few people live
the main female character in a story, poem, or playheroine
Everyone called Mandy a heroine after she saved the kitten from the pond.
a person who settles in a new regionsettler
The settler laid claim to the piece of land.
a story, usually an imaginary or made-up onetale
A good storyteller makes any tale exciting.
traditionan idea, custom, or belief that is passed down from one generation to the nextIt is a family tradition to make carmel apples and popcorn balls on Halloween.Synonyms:ritualpractice
wild creatureI can outgrin, outsnort, outrun, outlift, outsneeze, outsleep, outlie any varmint from Maine to Louisiana.
foragesearchOne evening Mike crept into an old alligator skin and met Sally just as she was taking off to forage in the woods for berries.
dismalgloomyFolks around here call it McBrooms Natural Winter Extract & Relief for the Summer Dismals.
instinctknowledge one is born withThat holey black sock had the instinct of a homing pigeon.