This tall tale lesson about Paul Bunyan is four pages long including two drawings. It consists of three substantially-sized paragraphs -- each followed by 3 or 4 questions.
Eight of the questions are multiple-choice, and two of the questions are short answer. The questions deal with 1) recognizing author’s purpose, 2) distinguishing fact from fantasy, 3) determining main ideas, and 4) identifying details. There are 10 reading comprehension questions in all.
The first paragraph introduces the tall tale hero, Paul Bunyan. It summarizes how he grew in size and strength and how he became a lumberjack who started a logging camp. The second paragraph tells about the record-keeper at Paul Bunyan’s logging camp named Johnnie Inkslinger. This tall tale character used a magic pen that never ran out of ink and a magic eraser that only erased mistakes. The third paragraph relates how Paul Bunyan acquired his pet, Babe the Blue Ox and what Babe did to help Paul’s logging operation. The fifth page is the answer key.
Completing and discussing the lesson will help your students have a better understanding of tall tale features. It will enhance their vocabularies. Additionally, the content and format of the questions will serve as a beneficial practice for standardized test-taking. Written on a word document the lesson is easy to print off and also to edit if necessary.