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Lesson Plan

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


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen (Harcourt Books, 2003)

  • Large sheet of butcher paper for T-chart graphic organizer

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Story Map

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.



Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing


Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.


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1. Before starting the lesson, gather the necessary materials:

2. Bookmark the ReadWriteThink interactive Timeline Tool and Story Map on your classroom or school computers for pairs of students to use before writing their tall tales.

3. Using butcher paper and a marker, make a large copy of the T-chart graphic organizer. (This chart will be used for modeling and to record the characteristics of tall tales.)

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