This grade 3 tall tale reading unit (level O) is about how Davy Crockett and his friend, Ben, escaped a tornado by riding away on a lightning bolt. Students learn about tall tales as a literary genre and do a literary analysis that focuses on character. The unit contains teacher support pages, a reading selection with supporting illustrations, and activities to guide students in close reading of the text. Students also gain practice applying topic and academic vocabulary. The unit concludes with a reading comprehension activity and a text-based writing activity.