Unit Plan

Tall Tales

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Young readers compare and contrast digital and print versions of tall tale text. The resource includes a character analysis in which pupils compare and contrast traits, and make inferences about what the characters do and say. They also compare and contrast the plots of two stories, as well as compare the print version to the digital version of the text. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Print and hang character pictures and descriptions around the classroom for all to see
  • Create pairs to pair-read to one another
  • Project videos for class members to see
Classroom Considerations
  • Resource assumes learners are familiar with basic literary analysis skills (e.g. making inferences, analyzing, and comparing and contrasting story elements)
  • Includes character illustrations and descriptors, along with brief text
  • Links to digital text are provided
  • Focuses on well-known American tall tales: Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Slue-Foot Sue, Annie Oakley, John Henry, Calamity Jane, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, and Davy Crockett
  • Some links to the digital versions of the text do not work
Common Core