Spark critical thinking by asking students to respond to tall tales and tell some of their own — as long as they are not related to homework.
Exploring Themes of Riches and Exaggeration
- Johnny believed he “lived like a king in his wilderness home,” and so he resisted suggestions that he settle down and build a house. Ask children how it was that Johnny felt like royalty. He didn't have a crown or jewels or money or people to rule. Why wasn't Johnny uncomfortable, unhappy, or worried?
- Ask: How were people's stories of Johnny a good example of exaggeration? Why did people claim Johnny was stronger, kinder, or smarter than he was? Research the exaggeration surrounding other heroes and legends (for example, Finn M'Coul, Paul Bunyan, Daniel Boone, Robin Hood, etc.).
Apples in Language and Literature
Share apple tales with students. Tell the story of Snow White or William Tell. Ask children to find out what is meant by the following:
- Apple-pie order
- The apple of my eye
- An apple a day keeps the doctor away