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August 17

Davy Crockett was born in 1786.

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Davy Crockett was born in 1786.

Grades 7 – 12
Calendar Activity Type Historical Figure & Event





David (aka Davy) Crockett was born in Hawkins County, Tennessee in 1786, and died during the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas in 1836. Crockett was a frontier explorer, adventurer, politician, and soldier. His life inspired many stories that were exaggerated into tall tales of his adventures in the frontier lands of the United States.





Perhaps better known to students for his adventures on the American frontier, Davy Crockett was also a politician who served in the Tennessee legislature and who represented the state in the U.S. Congress.

Share "Crockett's Rules for the Guidance of Politicians" from Life of David Crockett (1860) with your class. In this excerpt from his biography, Crockett outlines how to have a successful career in politics. After reading the piece (or selected excerpts) with your students, consider whether present-day politicians follow Crockett's advice.

Students might conclude the exploration with a reflection on how much (or how little) life in the political sphere has changed. Encourage students to account for the reasons why some political practices change over time, as well as to consider the reasons why some practices remain the same even in very different settings.




  • David "Davy" Crockett (1786-1836)

    From the PBS companion website to the film Remember the Alamo, this page provides a brief biography of Crockett's life with accompanying illustrations.


  • David Crockett: His Life and Adventures

    This electronic version of Crockett's biography, written by John S.C. Abbott, provides the complete text of the 1874 version of the printed book.


  • American Folklore: Tall Tales

    This webpage from the American Folklore website contains links to dozens of tall tales, which can be used to extend your exploration of the genre. This site also includes a tall tale called "Davy Crockett and the Frozen Dawn."


  • Portrait of Davy Crockett

    After your students have read some of the tall tales featuring Davy Crockett, have them look at this portrait. How does it compare with the image of Crockett from the tales?



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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Thundering Tall Tales: Using Read-Aloud as a Springboard to Writing

Imagination and application are key to this tall tale lesson in which students take what they know about tall tales to spin a yarn of their own.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Sequencing: A Strategy to Succeed at Reading Comprehension

Did Paul Bunyan gouge out the Grand Canyon before or after he dug the Great Lakes? Students create a life-sized timeline showing the sequence of events in this tall tale.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Developing Inferential Comprehension Through DL-TA and Discussion Webs

Students will love unwrapping this lesson about before, during, and after reading activities based on Margaree King Mitchell's book, Grandaddy's Gift.


Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

American Folklore: A Jigsaw Character Study

Groups of students read and discuss American folklore stories, each group reading a different story. Using a jigsaw strategy, the groups compare character traits and main plot points of the stories. A diverse selection of American folk tales is used for this lesson, which is adaptable to any text set.