This two-part library lesson reviews the characteristics of tall tales, and it tells the story of John Henry. Also includes trivia questions on a scavenger hunt coloring page.
Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you!
This tall tales library lesson includes:
- 32-slide Lesson Presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
- All body text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
- 16 slides are whole class lesson slides.
- 11 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
- List of to accompany this lesson (1 page, PDF)
- The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for related books.
- Scavenger Hunt and Answer Key (2 pages, PDF)
- Students “hunt” for images and information in the scrolling slides part of the presentation. This gives students something to focus on during library checkout and downtime.
- Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (7 pages, PDF)
- Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
- Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings (2 pages, PDF)
16 Whole Class Lesson Slides include:
Part 1 is a guided whole-class discussion. The slides walk you through the entire class discussion, from start to finish.
- Review of tall tale characteristics
- The story of John Henry
11 Scrolling Slides include:
Part 2 is the scrolling slides. Set them on a timer to scroll on a screen during library checkout. Students can use the scrolling slides to complete the Scavenger Hunt.
- Vocabulary Words of the Week: ballad and card catalog
- Facts about John Henry and the conflict between people and technology, with real-life examples
- Information about the job of a steel-driver, the Transcontinental Railroad, and the dangerous working conditions
- Includes a mix of colorful clipart and real photos of John Henry, a statue of John Henry, a map of the railroad, weather conditions, drilling machines, and trains.
IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the books are NOT included. You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book. If your library owns the ebook(s), you could also share how to read or access ebooks through your online catalog or ebook management platform.
AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text.
- Inquire – C.1. – D.1.
- Explore – A.1.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
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