Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tall Tales!

This week we have started a genre inquiry of tall tales.
What is a GENRE INQUIRY you ask?
Over the next week or so, we will be reading many different tall tales and discussing the elements and structures that tall tales have.
The inquiry part comes by not just telling the students what the elements of tall tales are. Instead they have to critically think about the stories. In class, we will define tall tales by asking and answering the following....What do all tale tales have in common?  We will examine the characters, plots, setting and writing techniques used. So far, we have noticed that tall tales feature characters who are physically strong/tough, and the stories have many exaggerations in them. Not bad for just 2 days of reading!

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