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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tall Tale and Figurative Language

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Writing the Tall Tale Beginning Story Telling Using Figurative Language

This class is available online or in a classroom settingWriting the tall tale

Who: Students going into 3rd & up**

What: Beginning Story Writing: The Tall Tale

In this course students will improve their writing and storytelling by learning:

  • 4 elements of a story
  • Basic plotting (beginning, middle, end) & intro advanced plotting
  • Showing vs. telling, POV, character voice, passive/active words, writing dialogue, varying sentence structure, >descriptive writing: 5 senses, adjectives, synonyms, etc.
  • Figurative language: hyperbole, personification, similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, etc.

**Online course requires daily reading and homework assignments with assistance from parents

Class size is limited to 6-8 students. If class size is full, you will be put on the waiting list for the next course.

“If you are thinking about publishing a book, she’s amazing. If you just want to write a story, she’s amazing.  I highly recommend her classes.” – Katherine, 11 

“I am a much better writer. I learned how to do similes and metaphors.” – Bailey, 10

“This class helped me paint a picture in the reader’s mind.” – Brianna, 10

“I would tell my friends about this class because it really helps open your mind up.” – 7th grader






EXAMPLE of 3rd grade student:

Pecos Bill Tames the Sun
By Joel, 3rd grade

One day when the wild west was hot as burning lava a boy named Pecos Bill was slouching on a cactus using his hand as a fan. He could not stand how hot it was. It was about 11,000 F. It was crazy! People were dying by the second. Nobody could get a drink anymore because all the lakes were dried up because of the heat. Pecos Bill was drinking his own sweat when he heard the howl and a hiss of a coyote and a snake.

The snake had just eaten the baby coyote. Pecos Bill ran as fast as thunder to jump and land on the snake. It died. He kept the dead snake and made it as his whip. One day when Pecos was dropping sweat in gallons, he saw a toad as big as a buffalo jumping about a billion miles high.

Pecos hopped on him and went so high he could almost touch the sun. At the moment his head looked up, he had an idea. Pecos Bill sped across the world to the Mediterranean Sea. He ran around in circles so fast he could pick up the water. He picked up the water and ran back to the toad. The toad jumped when he was close enough to the sun, he tossed it, and it wasn’t so hot any more, finally.

Pecos Bill made history. When days aren’t ever a billion degrees, think of Pecos Bill.


For more information fill out the form below with “Tall Tale” in the subject line or email: writerinterrupted (@) gmail (dot) com