Collaborative Tall Tale Lesson Plan

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Lesson Plan Details
45 minute introduction, followed by followed by support as needed as needed.
Students will transfer their knowledge of one software to learn another software, as well as learn how to add audio. Students will also use what they have learned about Tall Tales to create a class Tall Tale to be shared with others.
MacBook (Hardware), Laser Printer (Hardware), Keynote ( Application)


To begin with, this activity should be done after a unit of study around a particular genre

of literature. Fairy Tales, Tall Tales, Folk Tales and other fantastic literature would work

the best.

Tall Tales will be used for this lesson.

Teacher will need to be clear as to how Power Point and keynote are alike and different.

Teacher will demonstrate to students how Power Point and Keynote are similar and


Students have previous experience using Power Point, but not with recording their voices..



Using our completed water cycle Power Points as a jumping off place Teacher will
demonstrate to students how Power Point and Keynote are similar and different.,
including how easy it is to record audio using keynote.
  • Transfer each slide from Power Point to Keynote by simply copying the PP slide
and dropping it into Keynote.
  • Then demonstrate how to read their text to create audio.
  • Show students how to time each slide for the slide show.
  • Explain to students that our next “challenge” is to collaborate on a group Tall Tale 
  • which we will turn into a slide show that can be shared with other classrooms.
  • Explain the procedure for the collaborating… First the “Author” number order will be

          determined by drawing from the “stick’ can
The #1 student begins the tall tale by creating a few slides of story and each student thereafter, one at a time, adds to the Tall Tale.

Prior to writing their portions, the students reads what has already been written and then adds on, giving it their own personal twist.
The students each spend 20-30 minutes writing their parts. Each student also is asked to spend another 20-30, sometime soon, illustrating their section of the story. The illustrations are put together into a slide show.

Then each slide is narrated by the student who created it.
A slide show is the finished result.







Each student in the class will have illustrated, as well as recorded the audio for, their contribution to the class tall tale slideshow which can then be shared with other classes.

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Creativity and Innovation: 
1B. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
Communication and Collaboration: 
2D. Contribute to project teams. Produce original works or solve problems in a team setting.
Digital Citizenship: 
5B. Model and practice a positive attitude toward using digital technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
Technology Operations and Concepts: 
6B. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
Career Related Learning Standards
Personal Management: 
CR1A. Identify tasks that need to be done and initiate action to complete the tasks.
CR2A. Plan, organize, and complete projects and assigned tasks on time, meeting agreed upon standards of quality.