Tall Tale

Use these sentence starters to help you brainstorm topics for your writing.

Mountainous Molly was so tall she could barely fit in her family’s car.

Handy Henry was a quiet but well-known figure in the town of Elmwood.

In all the Midwest, Sam Payton was the fastest runner.

Captain Walsh was the bravest captain in the Mid-Atlantic fleet.

When Mary Cleary was two years old, she could pick up her bed. When she was four years old, she could pick up the family car.

Main character quality: likes to get the job done

Main character quality: likes to compete in any race and win

Main character quality: likes to be the most important person in the small town

_____ was so small he or she could hide in a _____.

_____ was so big he or she could _____.

Writing Traits for Tall Tales
Ideas Did I have a story that revolves around a larger-than-life main character with a specific purpose?
Organization Did I create a time line or an outline before I began writing? Did my story have a beginning that introduces the main character, a middle that has a humorous problem, and a conclusion with the problem being resolved?
Voice Did I use a humorous voice?
Sentence Fluency Did I use a variety of sentence types?
Word Choice Did I use everyday language? Did I include figurative language, such as exaggeration, similes, and metaphors?
Conventions Did I check for mistakes in spelling, punctuation, and capitalization?
Presentation Did I include illustrations? Is my final copy neat and appealing?