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Tall Tales

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http://americanfolklore.net/tt.html#Tall - American Tall Tales by Region


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3IzzOeLXWY - Paul Bunyan & Other Tales on Youtube


http://americanfolklore.net/paulbunyan.html - Paul Bunyan Tales


http://americanfolklore.net/sindex.html - Folklore -  Alphabetically



http://www.americanfolklore.net/ss.html - United States Tall Tales


http://www.animatedtalltales.com/story_enter - Animated Tall Tales


http://www.ac-nancy-metz.fr/enseign/anglais/henry/litt.htm - Animated Tales


http://www.funbrain.com/brain/ReadingBrain/Games/Game.html?GameName=MadLibsOnceUponA&Brain=reading&GameNumber=2&Color=FFFFFF  - Mad Libs - Tall Tales


http://w.educationworld.com/a_lesson/TM/WS_lp279-04.shtml - Ten Characters from American Folklore


http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/content/2216/ - Tall Tales - Character, Setting, Hyperbole


http://www.sarasota.k12.fl.us/bhs/bryan/bryan_talltale.html - How to Write a Tall Tale


http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson327/chart.pdf - Tall Tale T - Chart




http://askeric.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Language_Arts/Story_Telling/STT0200.html - Paul Bunyan Lesson Plan


http://www.applejuice.org/johnnyappleseed.html - Johnny Appleseed


http://www.cowgirls.com/dream/cowgals/calamity.htm - Calamity Jane


http://www.activated-storytellers.com/folktale.html - Activated Storytellers


http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?ID=288 - Davy Crockett, Tall Tales, & History


http://www.ibiblio.org/john_henry/story1.html - John Henry Steel Driving Man


http://www.ferrum.edu/applit/studyg/West/htm/henry.htm - John Henry - Story & Song 


American Folklore/Tall Tales


http://americanfolklore.net/ - American Folklore


http://americanfolklore.net/urban-legends.html - Urban Legends 


http://americanfolklore.net/folktales/sc.html - Civil War Ghost Army


http://americanfolklore.net/tricksters.html - Tricksters


http://americanfolklore.net/women-folktales.html - Women in American Folklore


http://americanfolklore.net/ff.html - Heroes & Villians


http://americanfolklore.net/brer-rabbit.html - Brer Rabbit


http://americanfolklore.net/paulbunyan.html - Paul Bunyan


http://americanfolklore.net/pecosbill.html - Pecos Bill


http://americanfolklore.net/weatherlore.html - Weather Lore 



http://americanfolklore.net/devil.html - The Devil


http://americanfolklore.net/spooky-stories.html -  Ghost Stories


http://www.macscouter.com/Stories/GhostStories.asp - Boy Scout Ghost Stories


http://americanfolklore.net/jersey-devil.html - The Jersey Devil


http://americanfolklore.net/powers-darkness.html - Supernatural 


http://americanfolklore.net/halloween.html - Halloween Stories 



http://americanfolklore.net/american-folksongs.html - American Folk Songs 


http://americanfolklore.net/bedtimestories.html - Bedtime Stories


http://americanfolklore.net/nursery-rhymes.html - Nursery Rhymes 



http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson327/chart.pdf - Folk Tale T Chart 




Ten Characters from American Folklore


Directions: Read stories* about the ten characters from American folklore whose names appear in the box. Then read each statement that follows. Who does each statement tell about? Write the character's name on the line before the statement.
Ethan Allen Johnny Appleseed Pecos Bill Daniel Boone Paul Bunyan
Davy Crockett John Henry Sam Hyde Jesse James Casey Jones



  1. __________ A bear helped him unfreeze the sun.


  2. __________ He saved Ohio settlers from an attack.


  3. __________ He tricked a farmer by telling about a deer he shot.


  4. __________ He helped a woman see that there was nothing to fear.


  5. __________ Death Valley (in California) was formed when he fell to the ground.


  6. __________ He helped build a railroad tunnel through Big Bend Mountain.


  7. __________ He first saw his wife, Rebecca, in the forest one night.


  8. __________ He did a good deed, then robbed the landlord to get his money back.


  9. __________ He always brought the train in on time.


  10. __________ His faithful companion was a blue ox.

© 2002 by Education World®. Education World grants educators permission to reproduce this page for classroom use.
* For use with stories on the American Folklore Web site (www.americanfolklore.net).


Tall Tale


Tall Tales or folk tales have been told through out history. Every culture has its own way of telling how something develops : how the world was created. Tall Tales are stories that are told to the extreme like Paul Bunyan and Pascos Bill. Each of these stories explain why something happens.

Paul Bunyan stories mostly in the Northwest. He is supposed to be responsible for making the Grand Canyon while fighting with his huge, blue bull named Babe. He also could cut down a tree with one blow. As you can see this story has been told to the extreme

Your imagination is needed while making a Tall Tale. You can tell a story about a man going to his mailbox. You can explain how the man looks as he went to his mailbox. Then add something like, " He was going to his mailbox and suddenly the earth swallow him up, " Then the character

can start his adventure . Make sure that you use lots of verbs and adjectives. Your verbs and adjectives would explain how big the hole was that swallowed him up. Did steam come out, lava or did it just gulp him up. These are questions that you should ask yourself while writing. You can use anything even the impossible because when you think about it that what a Tall Tale is based on. You can explain that after he was swallowed up an transported to another world and that world that was ruled by trees that could talk.The trees wanted him to save the tree princess.

Now you come to your ending. Make sure that you go out with a Bang . Put a surprise ending. Maybe the man falls in love the princess it's whatever you want. When you end try to leave the reader thinking how ridiculous the situation.

As you write your Tall Tale be sure you use the following: an imagination, an open mind, showing writing, and the ridiculous. All these things are necessary while writing your Tall Tale . So pens up and start writing.





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