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TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION FOR MEANINGFUL CLASSROOM USE
A Standards-Based Approach
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Lesson Title: Related Lessons:
Tall Tale Character Traits
Grade Level: Unit:
Fifth Grade Language Arts Tall Tale Genre
Students will read several Tall Tales to build an understanding of the elements
that create this type of story.
Students will use creativity to express their understanding.
Students will work towards a solution to solve the problem: What type of
characteristics would a “modern day” Tall Tale character need to possess in
order to assist us with environmental issues?
Michigan Content Standards:
R.NT.05.02 Analyze the structure, elements, style, and purpose of narrative genre including
historical fiction, tall tales, science fiction, fantasy, and mystery.
R.NT.05.03 Analyze how characters’ traits and setting define plot, climax, the role of dialogue,
and how problems are resolved.
R.NT.05.04 Explain how authors use literary devices including exaggeration and metaphors to
develop characters, themes, plot, and functions of heroes, anti-heroes, and narrators.
X Creativity and innovation X Critical thinking, problem-solving, &
Communication and collaboration decision-making
Research and information fluency Digital citizenship
X Technology operations and concepts
Students will be able to analyze and identify character traits of characters within Tall
Tale genre. Students will construct “character cards” that include an illustration and brief
summary describing the characters traits and their actions within the story.
1. Update classroom website with URL addresses for websites that contain Tall
Tale stories and concept-mapping software that students will access.
2. Ensure that classroom overhead projector is in working order.
3. Create an overhead transparency containing illustrations of familiar Tall Tale
4. Copy “Identifying Character Traits” worksheet. One for each student.
5. Cut white cardstock into small (5 in. X 4 in.) pieces. Four for each student.
6. Select rubric for final product (Tall Tale character cards).
Time Instructional Activities Materials & Resources
10 minutes (Whole Group Discussion) Ask students if they Overhead projector
recognize any of the character illustrations.
Students can share information, stories, and Overhead transparency
details. containing illustrations of Tall
Tale characters: Johnny
Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, …
20 minutes (Whole Group Discussion) Hand-out character “Identifying Character Traits”
trait worksheet. Read aloud. Discuss. worksheet
2-3 days Students will explore websites, bookmarked on Various websites containing
(45 min. classroom website, that contain various Tall Tall Tales
each) Tales and identify characters/traits.
While reading, students will create a graphic (Example:
organizer/concept map using web application. http://www.bubbl.us)
List character name, traits, and actions within the
story. Note: Arrangement of information on
graphic organizer can be completed according to
student’s preference. Encourage neatness and
the use of organizational skills.
2 days Students will identify the main character in three (3) 5 in. X 4 in. white cardstock
(45 min. Tall Tales. Students will neatly illustrate and color cards
each) a main character on each card (use one side).
Illustration should depict any unique Colored pencils
characteristics. On other side of card (opposite
side of illustration), students will write a brief
summary defining the main characters traits and
actions within the Tall Tale.
20 minutes (Whole Group Discussion) Discuss the Tall Tales on bookmarked
characteristics of Tall Tales and the history of this websites
type of story. Point out the correlation between
hard times faced by many pioneer settlers and
some of the invented exaggerations which made
humorous light of the situations. Share that
weather, climates, animals, and human strength
were often the topics that lent themselves to
exaggeration in Tall Tales.
(continued) Brainstorm and create a list, on whiteboard, of Whiteboard
current environmental issues that could use Expo markers
assistance from a “modern day” Tall Tale
character. Examples: pollution, lack of natural
resources, oil spills, recycling, global warming…
20 minutes Each student will create a “modern day” (1) 5 in. X 4 in. white cardstock
character that could assist with an environmental card
issue. Illustrate and color on remaining card.
Write brief summary (scenario) on opposite side. Colored pencils
20 minutes Allow students to display and share character Completed character cards
cards on desks. Students will mingle throughout
classroom to ask questions and view their peer’s
Notes: Students will participate in whole group discussion and work individually during
Ongoing assessment(s): During this lesson students will be informally assessed to
check for understanding. Teacher observation will take place. A rubric will also be
completed, by both student and teacher, to evaluate the final product (Tall Tale
character cards)- Tall Tale Character Card Rubric.doc
Accommodations and extensions:
Students may type brief summaries in a word processing application (Microsoft
Word), cut, and paste.
Teacher will provide support for students who struggle using technology or
Students may view teacher-generated Tall Tale character cards on classroom
Students may create additional cards for better understanding.
Backup plan: If computer lab is experiencing difficulties, teacher will read various Tall
Tales aloud. Students will also begin creating a rough draft concept-map using paper
EVALUATE AND EXTEND
Lesson reflections and notes:
“Identifying Character Traits” worksheet- Character Traits.pdf
Variations of rubric can be created and used to assess.