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  • 1. Tall tales are made-up storiesthat try to explain things thathave happened. They usuallymake things sound bigger andmore exciting than real life.
  • 2. Was the story you read really atall tale? Answer the questionsto be sure. Is the main characterThen, go to the next screen. “larger than life”? Does the hero solveproblems in a funny way? Are the details exaggerated?
  • 3. William H. Martin was known for his tall-tale postcards.He pasted photos together to make his postcards lookreal.Have you ever seen a rabbit this big? Think about astory you could write about a huge rabbit. Then, go tothe next slide.
  • 4. Explore all of the postcards in this slide show. Choose your favorite picture. Write a tall tale about it.
  • 5. Tips• Exaggerate qualities or features of your character,such as size or strength.•Exaggerate features of the setting, such as theweather, landscape, or animals.•Have your character change something in nature –for example, end a heat wave or create a river.•Use the planneron Practice Bookpage 90.