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

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three to four sessions
Lesson Author

Monica Hodges

Houston, Texas


International Literacy Association



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This lesson, intended for the end of a unit on tall tales, uses the book Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen to reinforce the common elements, or text structure, of tall tales. As the text is read aloud, students examine the elements of the book that are characteristic of tall tales. Then using what they've learned over the course of the unit and lesson, they write tall tales of their own.

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  • Story Map: The Story Map tool provides the perfect template for students two write and then publish their original tall tales.

  • Timeline Tool: This tool allows students to break a story into chronological events, making a visual aid for students as they write their own story.

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Ivey, G. (2003). "The teacher makes it more explainable" and other reasons to read aloud in the intermediate grades. The Reading Teacher, 56, 812814.

  • Reading aloud to students should not be excluded from a repertoire of teaching strategies once students reach the intermediate grades.

  • Reading aloud to intermediate students increases comprehension, as the teacher and students form a partnership with the common goal of understanding the text.

  • This article and lesson plan remind teachers that reading aloud is not only an enjoyable experience for intermediate students, but also integral for continuing to model what good readers do as they work through texts to ensure comprehension.

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