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Mrs. Wieland’s Classroom Edit display name

  • West Elementary School
  • Independence, IA
  • More than a third of students from low‑income households

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What literature genre is so much a part of American history and yet so overlooked in many school curriculum's today? The tall tale. We want to revive these stories, which are so full of exaggeration and humor, for our students. Their importance lies not only in the extensive use of hyperbole, which creates situations in these stories which are both impossible and humorous and heroes who are bigger than life, but also in their ties to specific eras in American history. Larger than life characters such as John Henry, who appeared during the emergence of the railroad, and Pecos Bill, whose antics were part of the Wild West, have been part of American culture for many years. A study of this genre exposes the quintessential elements of these tall tales, which make them a wonderful example of American literature.

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What literature genre is so much a part of American history and yet so overlooked in many school curriculum's today? The tall tale. We want to revive these stories, which are so full of exaggeration and humor, for our students. Their importance lies not only in the extensive use of hyperbole, which creates situations in these stories which are both impossible and humorous and heroes who are bigger than life, but also in their ties to specific eras in American history. Larger than life characters such as John Henry, who appeared during the emergence of the railroad, and Pecos Bill, whose antics were part of the Wild West, have been part of American culture for many years. A study of this genre exposes the quintessential elements of these tall tales, which make them a wonderful example of American literature.

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