Centre students compare literature

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Centre Avenue third-graders compared nonfiction writing to tall tales during a class lesson on Sept. 28.

The activity began with the students reading “Johnny Appleseed” and comparing it to a nonfiction article on John Chapman. After comparing and contrasting what they had read, the students were tasked with creating a comic strip that told a tall tale about a historical or living figure. The students’ submissions were based on Davy Crockett, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Johnny Appleseed.

Third grade teacher Jeannine Patane said it’s important for the students to learn how to compare different types of text. She said the children put a lot of thought into the person they wrote about and enjoyed finding ways to exaggerate something they learned about that person to create their tall tale comic strip.