Johnny Appleseed Tall Tale Grammar Story

Grade Levels
4th - 7th
Resource Type
Formats Included
  • PDF
7 pages


Effective, enjoyable, and easy-to-use, this Tall Tale Grammar story is so much better than another boring worksheet.

Try a Tall Tale Grammar story to practice grammar and spelling skills with intermediate & middle school students.

The American frontier was both immense and harsh as it was developing in the 19th century. These pages are designed to combine a bit of history, geography, and English grammar into an entertaining form of learning.

The tales focus on the most common errors in homophones, subject—verb agreement, apostrophe, capitalization, punctuation, irregular verbs, and irregular plurals.

They can also be helpful for teachers in recognizing student and class strengths and weaknesses for focused instruction.

These stories can easily be used in learning centers or as homework, seatwork, extra credit, and/or preparation for state writing tests.

Simple to use and to grade, if desired, the tales have sentences with only one grammatical error in each sentence. Students enjoy trying to find the errors, individually or in teams.

Every story includes an Answer Key, plus an explanation for each correction. A short Writing Prompt is added for extra credit.

Tall Tale Grammar Stories also include a Corrected Version paragraph form.

Tall Tales Grammar Stories: Set A

Tall Tales Grammar Stories: Set B

Tall Tales Grammar Stories: Set C

Tall Tales Grammar Stories: Set D

Tall Tales Grammar Bundle

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For extra fun in class:

Pair two students together, and give teams points for each correct answer. Use any or all of Reading Spotlight's Grammar Stories while charting teams' total scores on a wall board over several days or weeks. Award small prizes or grade points to teams when they reach a certain total. Students love the competition, and the pairs like helping each other find the errors.

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Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.


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