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Title: Tall Tales

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Tall Tales
  • Many Tall Tales originated in the 1800s.
  • People gathered together to tell stories as a
    form of entertainment.
  • To make stories more interesting storytellers
    exaggerated details. The more interesting the
    story, the more it was repeated.
  • Over time these stories developed in to larger
    than life characters and became part of popular
  • Examples Paul Bunyon, Johnny Appleseed, Davy
    Crockett, Pecos Bill
  • Some are based on real people, many are not.

History of Radio and TV Putting Things In To
  • The first radio commercial broadcasts in the
    United States in the 1920s
  • The television set became popular in the American
    marketplace in 1948-1949, following World War
  • During the 1950s black and white television
    broadcasts, color television and remote controls
    were introduced. 

Where did the Paul Bunyon Tall Tale originate?
  • The earliest versions of the myth of Paul Bunyan
    can be traced back to James MacGillivray,
    newspaper reporter who wrote the first Paul
    Bunyan article 1906.
  • He is said to have collected stories from
    lumberjacks, combined them with his own
    embellishments, and began sharing the legend in
    newspaper articles.
  • William B. Laughead popularized the myth through
    an advertising campaign, "Introducing Mr. Paul
    Bunyan of Westwood, California, for the Red
    River Lumber Company.

Google Book Search The Colossus of Roads Myth
and Symbol Along the American Highway By Karal
Ann Marling
  • What is exaggeration?
  • Why do you think people who create ads create
    these characters?
  • Can you think of examples of exaggerations in ads

Loggers in the early 1900s
Team of six horses hauling load of logs.
View over a logging camp between Durango,
Colorado and Farmington, New Mexico. A train is
loaded with stacks of cut timber ready for the
lumber mill. Logger shacks, cabins, tents and
outhouses are scattered over a broad flat open
Saw mill with smokestack, wood buildings, piles
of lumber, and men at work in Pemberton,
Image of men sawing wood at the city woodpile in
Chicago, Illinois
Menominee, Michigan - Logging on the River
United Streaming Videos
  • Lumber Felling and Transport. United Learning.
    2004. unitedstreaming. 14 June 2007 http//www.uni
  • Life Skills 101 Media Wise. Slim Goodbody.
    2003. unitedstreaming. 14 June 2007 lthttp//www.un
  • Tall Tales. AIMS Multimedia. 1990. unitedstreaming
    . 14 June 2007 lthttp//www.unitedstreaming.com/gt

The Bunyons Written by Audrey Wood
Illustrated by David Shannon
Image from Amazon.com
List of Places in the Book
  • States
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Montana
  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • Wyoming
  • California
  • Places in the United States
  • Mammoth Cave
  • Niagara Falls
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Great Sand Dunes
  • Big Sur
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Continental Divide
  • Old Faithful/Yellowstone National Park
  • Other Places
  • Grand Canal
  • Venice, Italy
  • Mars
  • Face on Mars

Group Work
  • Divide in to groups and research the 8 places
  • You can use an atlas, encyclopedias, or the
  • Answer the following questions
  • Name of Landmark
  • In what state is your landmark located?
  • Taking the most direct route, which states would
    you have to travel through to get to your
    landmark from where you live?
  • Describe your landmark. Be sure that your
    description is specific enough that someone could
    match the picture to your description.
  • Find a picture of your landmark from the website
    and copy and paste it here.
  • Why would people want to go and see your
    landmark? List your reasons here. (think like
    an advertiser)
  • Describe how your landmark was included in the
    book, The Bunyons.
  • List at least three more interesting facts you
    learned about your landmark.
  • You are an ad executive in an advertising firm.
    Your firm has been hired to create an advertising
    campaign to generate interest in tourism to your
    area. Now that you have your research on your
    landmark design a character to be used in your
    advertising campaign. Your character can be made
    of any material and can be no less than 5 inches
    tall and no more than 12 inches tall.
  • Your group is responsible for putting together
    one poster. It must include your research
    information (make sure all questions above are
    answered on your poster. One copy of the map
    must be attached. Your advertising character
    must be included. (may be propped up next to it)
  • Handout for Group Work

Adapted from a lesson plan online http//www.less
Map Skills
  • Map Directions
  • Find and color all the states included in the
  • Identify and color the state in which you live.
    Be sure to indicate where your city is.
  • Identify your landmark on the map.
  • Identify the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and
    Missouri River.
  • Handout for Map Skills

Writing activity
  • Each person will write a persuasive paragraph on
    why people should visit the assigned landmark.
    Use the group work to stimulate your thinking.

  • Each group will create a visual display that
    incorporates the map work, group work and all
    persuasive writing paragraphs.
  • Invite other classes to examine the group
    projects and vote for the place they would most
    like to visit.

Keys to Good Poster Design http//www.wvu.edu/ext
Just for Fun
  • Animated Tall Tales -http//www.animatedtalltales.
  • Between the Lions - http//pbskids.org/cgi-registr

Research Links for Teacher Information
  • http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logging
  • http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumberjack
  • http//www.texasbeyondhistory.net/aldridge/logging
  • http//www.michiganepic.org/lumbering/LumberingBri
  • http//www.tvhistory.tv/
  • http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television
  • http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio
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