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Folktales: Tall Tales
This is a collection of literature sites with online tall tales from America. Includes tall tales and information about Paul Bunyan, Davy Crockett, John Henry, Slue-Foot Sue, and many others. Learn what tall tales are and their common characteristics. There are also eThemes Resources on fables, fairy tales, and trickster tales.
There are many tales about Johnny Appleseed. Which pieces of information on this page do you think could be accurate and what could be an exaggeration? You can use the information on this page to write an illustrate a new tall tale about Johnny Appleseed.
Students can examine the differences between the facts of historical figures lives and the legends and tall tales that spring up around them in this lesson unit. After learning to recognize the literary characteristics of tall tales, students may then create a tale of their own.
On this site, you can see an original manuscript of the legend of the "Steel-Drivin' Man." This legend has also been sung about over the years, and there are sound recordings available. The site also features background information about the historical man that the legend is based on.
Read a condensed version of the legend of John Henry, or listen to a recoding of "The Ballad of John Henry." There are links at the bottom of the page that lead to further activities, such as learning to sing the ballad or an interactive quiz.
Click on "A Tall Tale" to read an illustrated story about Paul Bunyan. Click on "Tic-Tac-Toe" at the bottom right to play a game with this legendary character. NOTE: This site contains sponsored links.
These sites are about trickster tales in world folk literature, including Native American tales, tales from Africa, and tales from the American South. Includes a lesson plan, video, and more. Also includes a link to the eThemes folktale resources on fables, tall tales, and fairy tales.