Writing a Tall Tale

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Grade Level
Middle School
Length of Time
1 hour

In this lesson, students will read a tall tale. Then, they will write a tall tale of their choice.

This lesson will take more than one class period to do. You can have the students read the Tall Tale at home and write their paper in class.


Students will learn:
About Tall Tales
How to write a Tall Tale

Materials Needed

A Tall Tale for students to read.
Notebook Paper
Pencils and Erasers or Pens and Whiteouts


First, you will have them read a Tall Tale that you assign to them. While they read the Tall Tale, they need to take notes. This can be a homework assignment. Then, in class, you can discuss the story.

After you have discussed the story, you will have them write their own Tall Tale. They can use any character, scene, or plot they choose.

Finally, they will edit and revise their papers before they submit them fo grading.


You can grade their papers on sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and organization of their plot and character development.

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