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? |