Exploring Tall Tales
DAY 1 ACTIVITY
Explore special traits of tall-tale characters
Recognize and create exaggerations
Pick a personal hero
Paper or notebook
Pencil, pen, or other writing tool
We’re thinking about
"How can we celebrate our everyday heroes?”
Your challenge this week is to create a “Tall-Tale Trading Card” that describes the special traits and talents of your personal hero.
Let's Get Started!
People used to send postcards like the one above for fun! The pictures were not real, but they told a good story… like the story of a corncob so big that it took a cart to move it!
These were called tall-tale postcards.
Tall tales are stories where the people seem much bigger, stronger, or smarter than they really are. The stories are exaggerated.
a story about larger-than-life people and events
made to seem bigger or greater than it is
This picture shows a statue of a tall-tale character.
What’s something you notice about it?
How would you describe the person in it?
The man in the statue is Paul Bunyan. He is a tall-tale character.
Paul Bunyan was a lumberjack. Lumberjacks cut down trees so that towns and farms could be created.
"Disney’s Paul Bunyan (1937)" video
Here is a short video that shares some tall tales about Paul Bunyan.
When you watch the video, look and listen for things Paul Bunyan does that would be impossible for most people. See if you notice Paul doing these things:
Clearing many trees with one swing of his axe
Pushing stumps into the ground with his feet
Moving the big blue ox by himself
These impossible parts of the story are called exaggerations.
Watch the video and see these exaggerations for yourself!
The story above made Paul Bunyan seem like a superhero!
Being strong was an important trait for lumberjacks like Paul Bunyan who had to cut down big trees in the forest.
a quality that makes one person different from another
Your challenge this week: Create a “Tall-Tale Trading Card” that describes the special talents and traits of a real-life hero. Today, you're going to choose your hero!
A trading card – like this one of Paul Bunyan – usually contains a picture of a person with some important facts about them.
People often collect or trade these cards with other people.
The trading card you create will describe a real-life hero. This might be a person in your own family, your community, or anywhere in the world.
Make a list of three people that you think are heroes in your life.
Include an important trait or talent for each person.
Choose one of the heroes from your list.
Practice talking about your hero in an exaggerated way.
Need help? Look at the example below. Notice how each sentence about Paul Bunyan is a bigger exaggeration! Can you do the same with your hero?
1st try: Paul Bunyan is so strong he can cut down a forest by himself.
2nd try: Paul Bunyan is so strong he can clear a forest with one swing of his axe.
3rd try: Paul Bunyan is so strong he can clear a whole forest with one swing of his axe, or sometimes with just a sneeze!