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Parts-of-Speech Tall Tales


  • Arts & Humanities
    --Language Arts
  • Educational Technology


  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Kids write their own fill-in-the-blank tall tales.


Students will

  • create fill-in-the-blank tall tales for their friends to complete.


tall tale, parts of speech, grammar, noun, verb, adjective, proper noun, adverb

Materials Needed

Lesson Plan

Students love to do MadLibs®. Besides being great fun, they are an excellent way to reinforce students' knowledge of the parts of speech.

Have you seen the online cousin to the popular MadLibs pads? If not, take a look at the Wacky Web Tales® page on Houghton Mifflin's Web site. There you can show students how to have fun creating their own "wacky tales" during free time or rainy-day recesses.

After students are familiar with the format for working these parts-of-speech tall tales, why not have them write tall tales of their own? They can do it as a class activity. Choose the best ones and create a class book of fill-in-the-blank tales.


Older students will enjoy writing fun tales for younger students to fill in and read!

And, who knows? Students might submit their tale to and see it published on the Wacky Web Tales page!


Students will correctly mimic the format of the fill-in-the-blank tales as they create their own. They will identify the parts of speech that fit into the "blanks" in their tales.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

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