Pecos Bill

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Pecos Bill


Pecos Bill (An American Tall Tale)

Pecos Bill is an example of American Folklore often referred to as Tall Tales. Why?

This type of story uses a literary form called HYPERBOLE

Examples:I could sleep for a year.This box weighs a ton.I've told you a million times not to exaggerate.Your mother is so small she does chin-ups on the curb.

HYPERBOLE is an exaggeration

Watch the video stories of Pecos. Read the stories in the attachments. List the hyperboles you find. Choose 1 hyperbole and use it to create a poem of your own to share with others.

Sounds a lot like a SIMILE

True but not as exaggerated. A simile uses "like" or "as" to compare two things.

Examples:You were as brave as a lion.They fought like cats and dogs.This house is as clean as a whistle.He is as strong as an ox.Your explanation is as clear as mud.

Tall Tales illustrate the adventures of North American folk heroes of the frontier and the Wild West. They offer exaggerated explanations for how certain mountains, lakes, and other geographical features came to exist. Tall tales are typically thought of as an American brand of folk tale, but cultures all around the world have delighted in stories of exaggerated feats and larger-than-life heroes.


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