American Tall Tales Extension Activities
After reading author Mary Pope Osbourne's book, students create a class book of folk heroes and write a bragging speech.
- Grades: 3–5
About this book
Create a Class Book of Folk Heroes
Suggested Grouping: Cooperative groups and individuals
Step 1: Encourage students to think of heroes from different cultures, countries, or periods in time and recall folk tales they have read or heard about.
Step 2: Have students research and write about one of these folk heroes. Students may want to include illustrations to go with their writing.
Step 3: Allow time for students to share with the class the information they were able to learn about these folk heroes.
Step 4: Combine all research and illustrations to create a class book of folk heroes and display it in the classroom library.
Step 5: Grade students on their ability to gather information, organize their writing, and include relevant details.
Write a Bragging Speech
- Lined paper
- Pencils and pens
- Tape recorder
Suggested Grouping: Individual
Step 1: Tell students to brainstorm a list of special skills or talents they have or wish they had.
Step 2: Suggest that students describe these skills in the form of a bragging speech, using “Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind” as a model.
Step 3: Remind them to use similes in their speech, superlative adjectives, comparison words such as most and best, and the prefix out- as in the word outrun.
Step 4: Point out that the purpose of the bragging speech is to persuade the audience that you are a person of many talents. Like other persuasive writing, it should attempt to convince the audience by offering good examples that prove a point. Here, the examples should take the form of hyperbole as well as similes.
Step 5: Have students use their list of “talents” as a basis for writing persuasive statements about themselves. Encourage students to keep a lighthearted, humorous tone that will entertain the audience.