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Using Tall Tales to Engage Middle School Students in Authentic Writing

2013-2014 ELA PD - Session 1
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Marlow Artis

on 7 February 2015

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Using Tall Tales to Engage Middle School Students in Authentic Writing
Reflection Question
What role has Tall Tales played in your middle school classroom?
Theoretical Question
Why would Tall Tales appeal to Middle School Students?
Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen
Writing Prompt
2013-2014 ELA PD - Session 1
What are the commonalities between today's celebrity culture and tall tales?
Evaluative Question

After reading Thunder Rose, a tale about the girl with the powerful melody, write your own tall tale in which you relate the story of a larger-than-life character. Use all elements of a tall tale to develop your work.
Common Core Standards Explicitly Addressed
Our Working Definition of a Tall Tale
an improbable (unusual or incredible or fanciful) story.
Writing 6.3, 7.3, 8.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Writing 6.9, 7.9, 8.9
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
3 Pros/3 Cons about the Writing Response Lesson
In Box #2, start the tall tale with as many exaggerations as possible.
In Box #4, develop the protagonist. Make sure that you heighten the bigger-than-life characteristics & super-human abilities.
In Box #3, continue the tall tale incorporating some type of major conflict.
In Box #5, carry on the tall tale by integrating humor and comedic aspects or some impossibility.
In Box # 6, evolve the tall tale with lots of action.
In Box #7, resolve the protagonist's problem.
Tall Tale - Carousel Edition
In Box #1, provide a title for your tall tale.
Reflection:
In one sentence, ponder on the tall tale as it is written.
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