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6th Grade- Hyperbole and Tall Tales

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Dana Hoover

on 9 July 2014

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Transcript of 6th Grade- Hyperbole and Tall Tales

The song that I chose is "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore ft. Ryan Lewis. An example of hyperbole in the song is when Ryan says "Like the ceiling can't hold us". What Ryan means is that they're partying so much that they're going to blow the roof. What he means is that he put all he's got into partying.
Watch this epic wrestling match to find how the wrestlers use hyperbole.
A tall tale is a story about a person who is larger than life -- or bigger than someone could really be in real life. These stories involve a lot of exaggeration or hyperbole.
Hyper
bole

Tall Tales
Can't Hold Us
What does it mean to exaggerate?
Have you ever exaggerated?
HYPERBOLE is simply an extreme, and often ridiculous exaggeration.
Writers use HYPERBOLE all the time!
WHY?
1. adds color to their writing
2. adds humor to their writing
3. makes their point very clear
Hyperbole is found everywhere....books/magazines/speech of people/music / television.

Let's watch!
Let's Practice:
Read the paragraph below to find all the examples of hyperbole.
On Friday night I went disco dancing, and when I woke up on Saturday my feet were killing me! Mom ordered me to clean my room – or else. All day long I worked my fingers to the bone getting things together so I’d be free to go out that evening. I was dying to see the new movie at the Towncenter Cinema. When I finished, however, I was so tired I couldn’t move.
My feet were killing me!
I worked my fingers to the bone.
I was dying to see the movie.
I was so tired, I couldn't move.
Really???
Can feet kill? Is the desire to see a new movie a symptom of some strange and fatal disease? Did the work you do eliminate your skin and leave bone only? Were you so tired that your body was physically paralyzed??
Obviously, the author has emphasized certain points by means of exaggeration. Hyperboles are attention-getters and can help a writer achieve a dramatic effect. Good writers use hyperboles sparingly (not too much) because they can become clichés if overused and lose the dramatic effect.
Let's Try to Use Hyperbole in Our Writing!
Create some attention getting, original hyperboles in response to the following lines of dialogue.
1. Don’t you think the TV is too loud?
The TV is so loud...
2. Are you really going to eat the entire hot fudge brownie sundae?
I’m so hungry...
3. Look at that incredible amount of snow piled up outside.
The snow is so deep...
4. Do you really want to go to the movies? I mean, don’t you have too much homework to do?
I have so much homework...___.
5. Look at that poor old dog. He can hardly walk.
That dog is so old...
DO NOT SHOW THIS.
Characteristics of Tall Tales:
1. The author uses exaggeration and humor. (hyperbole)
2. The main character has a problem to solve.
3. The main character has superhuman strength/skills/wits/abilities.
4. The main character solves problems in impossible ways.
5. The plot of the story is funny and impossible.
6. The problem is solved at the end of the story.
7. The story has lots of action.
8. The main character may be helped by a powerful animal or object.
9. The story may explain how some familiar things began.
10. The hero has a colorful way of speaking.
11. Famous people and places may show up in the story.

You will be given a tall tale checklist. As you watch this 9 minute story, check off the characteristics present in this story.
LET'S READ!
KEEP THE TALL TALE CHARACTERISTIC
CHECKLIST HANDY. WE'RE GOING TO READ SOME READER THEATERS AND USE THE CHECKLIST TO DETERMINE IF THE STORIES WE READ/PERFORM ARE TRUE TALL TALES.
READERS' THEATER!
Let's Read A Classic Tale Tale:
Read To:
1. Identify the characteristics present in
the tale.
2. Pay close attention to hyperbole.
3. See how the plot progresses.
Post-Reading:
1. Get out that checklist! Check off characteristics present in the story.
WRITING ASSIGNMENT:
You are going to write your
own tall tale. Keep the checklist handy, because your
story must be a true tall tale.
<-- This is how you will present
your final copy.
This marks the end of this prezi.
Use your notes to help you!
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