5 Lesson 5.2
Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox"
Question/s (Specific to Lesson)
. How do lessons learned from folktales and fables relate to life?
. Why do people use stories to explain life’s wonders?
. How do writers use language and information to make a story come alive?
. How do folktales/tall tales give readers a sense of place and time of
. What patterns of character traits are found in folktales/tall tales?
. How is my life similar/unlike the character in the story or book I am
.Tall Tales are types of stories common on the American
. They are humorous.
. They use realistic details and common speech.
. They tell about impossible happenings.
. They greatly exaggerate the abilities of a hero.
In America, tall tales were first told by settlers who made their homes
in the American wilderness. In those days, before TV and movies, people
depended on storytelling for entertainment. After a long day's work, people
gathered to tell each other funny tales.
group of workers-cowboys, loggers, railroad and steel workers-had its own
tall-tale hero. Having a superhuman hero with the same job somehow made
their lives easier. Perhaps it gave them strength or courage to do their
difficult and dangerous work.
1. Name some stories you have read about real heroes.
2. Identify some stories with make-believe heroes.
3. In what stories did a larger-than-life hero do something impossible?
One fateful day last summer, tragedy nearly struck the Thompson
Ranch Workers were there to tear down the old barn. The wrecking
crew was ready with their tools and their walkie-talkies and other gadgets.
As the crew began knocking down the front wall, someone heard bellowing.
"I thought we got all the animals out," said Mr. Thompson. "It's
too late now," said the head wrecker. "The wrecking's already begun,
and it's too dangerous to go inside."
the Meaning of the hi-lited vocabulary words in the story.
The softhearted Mr. Thompson felt he ad to do something.
He ran into the barn, and there he found Hammond the pig. Hammond
had sneaked back in to eat some leftover rations and had gotten
caught under a falling board. "That ought to teach you about being
greedy," Mr. Thompson scolded as he carried the pig to safety. "One
more minute inside that barn, and you'd have been bacon strips!"
these questions about the vocabulary.
word has a meaning similar to roaring?
might a softhearted person act during a tragedy?
some different kinds of gadgets.
would you call a fateful day - the day war breaks out or a typical
day at school? Why?
you had to eat rations of the same food every day, what would the food
- loud, deep roaring
- gentle and kind
- the daily allowance of food
- a sad, terrible event
- bringing disaster.
- small machines or other mechanical tools
would you describe the greatest logger of all time?
to use part of the question in the answer. Answer in a complete sentence.
does Paul Bunyan name the ox Babe?
to the selection, why do the Great Lakes exist?
grows so fast and is so strong that Paul decides to do what?
loggers change from grumbling about Babe to liking him when he does what?
of Paul's problems does Babe solve when he drinks the Mississippi dry?
being a hardworking ox, what does Babe like to do?
to the story, the Dakotas are smooth, rolling plains and farmland today
because of what?
giant-sized problem faces Paul and his men in the North woods?
What finally happens to the mosquitoes with bee stingers?
Why would Larger Than Life be a good title for this story?
Even though he has invented much of the equipment used by loggers, how
does Paul Bunyan feel after many years? Why?
Skill: Making Inferences
make an inference, you add what you already know to what an author tells
you. You make inferences to better understand what is happening in the
inferences did you make about why a person would have to use a telescope
to see from one end of Babe to the other?
What The Author Says
What I know
|None of us had ever seen a tree like this.
||Some things that no one has seen are rare.
||The tree might be a rare type of tree.
|Five people holding hands could barely fit around the
||Five people holding hands can make a very long line.
||The tree has a thick trunk.
|We could just make out a bird perched in the top branches.
||Things that are far away are hard to see.
||The top of the tree is far away; the tree is very tall.
second and third complete paragraphs on page 570. Fill in the following
What the Author Says
What I know
|A person would need a telescope to see from
one end of Babe to the other
||Telescopes are used to see a long distance
What the Author Says
What I know
|"fatally strung across the
||Fatally means "in a way that
|"There would be plenty of
||The meat from cattle such
as oxen is called beef.
|"beef for breakfast, lunch,
||People don't usually eat beef
for every meal.
Workbook pg. 194 - Vocabulary
Workbook pg. 195 - Words with more than one meaning
Workbook pg. 197-Inferences
Workbook pg. 198 - Adverb review
Workbook pg. 199 -Homophones: sail, sale, hear, here, week, weak, you,
Bunyan Writing Prompt
topic below and write a well organized composition of at least 100-150
words. Be sure to follow the suggestions listed under the box.
tales have many characteristics. The main character usually possesses superhuman
qualities, has an important job to do, and helps others.
Write a narrative using the following prompt:
tall tale, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, the characters are “larger
than life.” What does that phrase mean to you? If you could choose one
characteristic that makes you “larger than life” what would you choose?
Why would you choose this characteristic? How would this characteristic
help others? What job would it help you to accomplish?
• Your essay should have at least two paragraphs.
• Be sure that your story has a beginning, middle, and end.
• Give specific details
• Be sure to write clearly.
• Check your writing for correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.