In this mini-lesson students read a selection to see why a folk song was written about the tall tale hero, John Henry. Then they answer ten multiple choice questions by putting a circle around each correct answer. Along with two colorful drawings of John Henry being a steel driving man, you get two pages of informational text and three stanzas of the John Henry folk song. Multiple choice questions make up two pages and then the fifth page is the answer key. The reading skills the ten questions address are: determining main idea, identifying details, recognizing character traits, drawing conclusions, and vocabulary. The vocabulary taught and tested is: folk song, natural, foreman, stroke, tall tale hero, and dialect. Being a word document the lesson is easy to print and also easy for you to modify if necessary. You can use the lesson for students to practice reading skills, in a literary center, as a test prep, assessment, or homework. It is sure to make a great resource for your tall tales studies and also for Black History Month.