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1By: Julius Lester Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney John HenryBy: Julius LesterIllustrated by Jerry PinkneyGenre: Tall Tale/LegendAuthor’s Purpose: EntertainmentSkill: Making JudgmentsCompiled by Terry Sams, Piedmont
2Summary Folks knew John Henry was special from the day he was born. He jumped right out of his mama's arms and grew so fast that his head and shoulders poked through the porch roof. He went on to win a race with Ferret-Faced Freddy, even though Freddy was riding a horse and John Henry was running on his own two legs. Later, he broke up a boulder that even dynamite couldn't touch.
3A tall tale is a story that has these features: Genre: Tall TalesA tall tale is a story that has these features:A larger-than-life, or superhuman, main character with a specific job.A problem that is solved in a funny way.Exaggerated details that describe things as greater than they really are.Characters who use everyday language.There are some real-life details.
4Comprehension Skill: Making Judgments Making judgments means thinking about and deciding how to react toward people, situations, and ideas in stories you read.Use what you have read and your own experiences as you make judgments.Ask yourself if the author is trying to influence you and whether he succeeds.
5Comprehension Skill Review – Character Authors provide information about characters through thoughts and actions.Authors also use a character’s relationships to give clues to their traits.Pay attention to motivations, conflicts, points of view, and changes to help you better understand a character’s traits.
6Practice Character Clue to Example from Character Story Trait Motivation “What matters is how goodheartedwell you do your living (p.254)Conflict “But even you can’t outhammer competitivea machine.” P.251)Point of View “I’ve heard you are the best respectedthere ever was.” (p.251)Relationship “That day John helped his papa hard-workingrebuild the porch he had busted…”(p. 244)Changes “…that baby jumped out of his tall tale heromama’s arms and started growing.”p.242)
7Vocabulary Skill: Multiple-Meaning Words Many words have more than one meaning. To decide which meaning of a word is being used, look for clues in the surrounding sentences or paragraph.Use context clues, experience, and word order to decide on the correct meaning of a multiple-meaning word.Click on the title to practice this skill.
8Research Skill – Card Catalog/Library Database To find books in the library, you can use the card catalog or library database.You can search for a book by author, title, or subject.When searching by author, always use the author’s last name first.When searching for what a book is about, always use the subject of the book.If you only know the title, always look for the title first.
9More Good Stuff More About Tall Tale More on John Henry ABC Spelling wordsJohn Henry StoriesMore About Tall TaleMore on John HenryCreate your own tall taleReading TestSpelling Test
10Weekly Fluency Check - Improve Read with Expression Students should vary reading pace to match the action of the story. Because of the exaggeration and vivid language in tall tales, the pace and intensity of the story are often at high levels.Reflect this pace through stressed words, loudness and softness, and a slightly quickened reading rate.Go to pages , beginning with “That dynamite. . .”
11Read to Find Out – Day 1 Pages 241-247 What happens when John Henry is born?What jobs does John Henry accomplish the day after he is born? Is this possible or exaggerated?Why do you think John Henry challenges Ferret-Faced Freddy to a race?
12Read to Find Out – Day 2 Pages 248 - 257 How does John Henry succeed in building the road when no one else could do it?How was John Henry different from other newborn babies?How was John Henry like a steam drill?What lesson does this story teach?
13Pick one of the following and write it on notebook paper. Writing AssignmentPick one of the following and write it on notebook paper.Pretend to be John Henry and write a diary entry describing one of the events that happened in the story.Write an article for a newspaper or television broadcast that tells about John Henry and his amazing feats.