Tall Tale

By: Chad Houchin

Definition

A tall tale is a story with unbelievable elements but told as if it were factual and true.

Notes on Tall Tales

  • Can be based on real life characters and are often in familiar locations
  • Tall tales and legends are not the same thing
  • The line between tall tales and legends is mostly distinguished by age
  • The exaggeration in tall tales is much larger, often becoming the whole story

Examples

Pecos Bill - He was the first cowboy who fell off the back of his parents' covered wagon. He raised by coyotes and used a snake for a lariat.


Paul Bunyan – Huge lumberjack who eats 50 pancakes in one minute.


Johnny Appleseed – A friendly folk hero who traveled the West planting apple trees.

Activity

Each table group come up with an example of a tall tale or create your own!

Works Cited

Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2015.


"Tall Tale." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2015


"Traditional Literature Tall Tales." Traditional Literature Tall Tales. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Jan.

2015.