Tall Tales
“I caught a fish THIS big!” is a classic example of exaggeration, the heart of the tall tale. Common in American folklore, tall tales tell stories of heroes who are “larger than life”, who defy everyday challenges and solve problems in remarkable and often wildly funny ways. In this creative writing and publishing workshop, students study examples of classic and modern tall tales, consider what makes them believable and craft their very own.
Learning objectives
Specific to this workshop:
  • Primary focus on character development
  • Understand the specific genre of classic and modern tall tales through reading, discussion and analysis of model texts
  • Learn and apply different planning and writing techniques, including exaggeration, slow motion description, snowball effect, combining fact and fiction, and showing feelings through reactions
  • Students at the ECP centre will also spend the end of the term doing a Technical Skills Booster customised by each teacher to the class's needs based on the writing done throughout the term.
As a writer:
  • Take creative risks
  • Combine fact and fiction to write convincingly
  • Express ideas with detail and specificity
  • Slow down to elaborate each part of a story fully
  • Develop stories with more complex story structure
  • Learn and apply simple literary techniques
  • Improve writing skills through individualised feedback from the teacher
  • Revise writing for continuity, consistency and focus
  • Learn to provide simple but constructive peer feedback
  • Practise proofreading skills and correct identified technical errors in their work to prepare writing to be published
As a learner:
  • Develop creativity and collaboration through a workshop environment
  • Develop grit and perseverance by working on a challenging and long-term writing project
  • Develop time and project management skills to see a project through to completion
  • Learn to look at own work critically and consider how to improve it
  • Learn to be open to and respond to constructive feedback
  • Gain confidence as a writer by writing and publishing a story in a book/magazine for a real audience
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For children aged
8 to 10
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