Writing a Tall Tale

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 10392

In this lesson you will explore familiar tall tales and create one of your own with the use of graphic organizers.



English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

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Last weekend I had a soccer game that lasted for ten hours. We played a team that had a real-life giant as a goalie. She must have been 7 feet tall. It was impossible to score a goal against her. My team worked magic to defeat her. We flew through the air and scored the winning goal.

Have you ever told a story filled with exaggerations? Did you exaggerate your story to capture the listeners attention and get a reaction from them?

What is a Tall Tale?

A tall tale is an exaggerated story about people, places, and unusual things. Tall tales are filled with exaggeration. They are mostly based on legends about real people like Daniel Boone, Annie Oakley, and Paul Bunyan.

Pay close attention as you watch this nine-minute Walt Disney cartoon about the legend of Paul Bunyan (below). Notice how the stories about Paul become more and more exaggerated as time progresses.

  • Which exaggerations stand out the most? He is pictured as a giant even as a baby.
  • What do you think about the size of the bottle he used as a baby?
  • Do you think that Babe, the blue ox is an exaggeration?

Walt Disney - Paul Bunyan (1/2) - 1958:

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